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School children, NCC cadets join Army to clean Indus River in Leh

Last Updated on December 14, 2023 at 4:23 pm

A ‘Clean Indus, Green Indus’ initiative was undertaken under the aegis of HQ Leh Sub Area, co-opting local communities, school children and NCC cadets. A team of 250 soldiers and 100 community members carried out the cleaning of the Indus River bank over a stretch of three kilometres, extending up to 50 meters from the bank. Discarded plastic, polythene bags and bottles were removed, resulting in the collection of three truckloads of garbage. The campaign was aimed to raise awareness among the community, tourists and school children about the importance of keeping our water bodies clean, as they are our lifeline.

Deputy General Officer Commanding, Leh Sub Area flagged off the cleaning teams after an inaugural speech. He emphasised the importance of maintaining clean environment and water bodies, discouraging the habit of littering. He stated that cleanliness is the foundation of a cultured society and that we must instil this habit in ourselves and educate others too.

The Indian Army’s initiative was well received and appreciated by all present, with the slogan ‘Jawan Aur Awam Hasil Hai Muqam’ (Soldier and citizen, together we achieve success) resonating throughout the event.