Union Minister of Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar has referred the students as ‘cleanliness ambassadors’.
While speaking on the occasion of Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18, he said, the students will lead the vision of clean India drive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stressed on inculcating the habit of cleanliness everywhere in the country by changing our mindsets and.
The minister has congratulated the winners of Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18 and also revealed that the competition will be open for private schools as well from next year onwards.
A statement from the ministry in this regard called it an achievement as over 2,68,000 schools from both Central and State Governments have participated voluntarily in the competition. The statement further said that it is a beginning of “New India”.
The winners were awarded with Rs 50,000 each as additional school grant, to be utilised for swachhta related activities. The amount will be transferred to them digitally along with a Certificate.
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan have been declared as top three States with maximum number of schools in Five Star and Four Star ratings (green & blue category) and given a Certificate of Recognition for that.