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PM launches ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ campaign

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, while launching the countrywide ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ campaign, urged people from all social strata to make it a success by actively participating in it. 

“This campaign is for our future. Everyone has to partake in it,” the prime minister urged, lamenting: “Pakistan is a gift but unfortunately we haven’t paid attention to its beautification.”

He vowed to make Pakistan a clean and green country by stretching the campaign to every part of the country.

The prime minister said India faced the same problems as Pakistan but overcame the issues relating to cleanliness in the past four years.

The cleanliness drive has three aspects, Mr Khan explained and added the first aspect of the drive is spreading awareness among people, especially children, about importance of sanitation and thus incorporate a lesson in this regard in school syllabus of grade-1 to 5.

Secondly, he said, the people will be given awareness about dumping sites. He added his government will overcome load-shedding by generating electricity from trash.

The prime minister said there will be contests regarding sanitation at tehsil level every two months and the official concerned would be rewarded or penalized on the basis of state of cleanliness in their areas.

Emphasizing that the government alone cannot bring about change, Mr Khan urged members of the civil society to complement efforts of the government by creating necessary awareness about sanitation and environmental issues.

Dumping sites would be identified from village to tehsil level for disposal of solid waste and waste-to-energy projects would be undertaken around these sites for generation of electricity, the prime minister said.

The decision to launch a cleanliness drive across the country was taken during a meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) presided over the prime minister last month.

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