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Circular No: Acad-99/2022

Subject: *Swachh Sagar Surakshit Sagar Campaign *

🔺India is proud to have a vast coastline of more than 7,500 kilometres. However, litter especially in the form of plastics in the marine environment are a major concern and growing international problem.

🔺A number of studies have shown their harmful impact on marine biodiversity, ecosystems, fisheries, human health and economy.

🔺The ‘International Coastal Cleanup Day is celebrated globally on the third Saturday of September every year.

🔺This year on 17th September 2022, the Government of India along with other voluntary organizations, and the local society will run a cleanliness campaign ‘Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar’ (Clean Coast, Safe Sea) along India’s entire coastline. This campaign is being led by Ministry of Earth Sciences, and supported by a number of other Government & Non-Government agencies.

🔺This year’s event also coincides with the celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on 75th year of the India’s independence; The coastal cleanup drive will be carried out on 75 beaches across the country with 75 volunteers for every kilometre of the coastline.

🔺In addition to above, the following competitions are being organized online on MyGov portal:

🔹Class I to IV: Painting and Sketching Competitions:
Participants to submit original paintings or sketches themed ‘Our Oceans So Beautiful’ or ‘Humara Sagar Itne Sundar. Entries should highlight what they know to be the most beautiful thing in the ocean or what they imagine could be the most revered thing in the ocean. They can be as creative and innovative as they want to. This could include creatures, treasures, equipment, technology, monuments, cities etc. anything. The following link may be clicked to participate:
https://www.mygov.in/task/humare-sagar-itne-sundar-our-seas-beautiful-seas-painting- competition

🔹Class V to VIII: Painting / Sketching and Essay Writing Competitions:
Participants to submit original sketches, hand drawn paintings, and upto 800 words essay themed ‘Cleaner Oceans, Better Life or ‘Swachh Sagar, Sampoorna Jeevan’. The focus should be to share ideas around how cleaner oceans and greener coastal areas can improve the quality of life of citizens.

Painting/ Sketch Competition: Essay Writing Competition:

https://www.mygov.in/task/swachh-sagar-sampoorna-jeevan- cleaner-oceans-better-life%E2%80%99-essay-writing-competition/?%2Fqoirhcjhvfj=

🔹Class IX to XII: Poetry & Jingle Writing, and Painting Competitions:
Participants to submit original poems upto four stanzas, jingles not more than 4 lines,. And original paintings themed ‘Cleaner Oceans: Life and Living’ or ‘Swachh Sagar: Jeevan Aur Aajeevika. The entries should highlight how cleaner oceans and healthier coastal ecosystems help sustain life and livelihoods. The following link(s) may be clicked to participate:

Poetry Competition:
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Painting Competition: https://www.mygov.in/task/clean-seas-life-and-living-or- %E2%80%98swacch-sagar-jeevan-aur-aajeevika%E2%80%99-paintingsketch- competition-%E2%80%93/?%2Fajshhdsdjnjc=
Jingle Competition: https://www.mygov.in/task/clean-seas-life-and-living-or- %E2%80%98swacch-sagar-jeevan-aur-aajeevika%E2%80%99-jingle-competition- %E2%80%93-classes/?%2Fajhsdhccbn=
The last date to participate in the above online competitions is 11.09.2022.

Thank you

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