Four students bag prizes in cleanliness competition

Sonam Penjor

As part of the upcoming celebrations of India@75 and inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, the Shaba Gewog Administration in Paro organized a cleanliness campaign in collaboration with the Embassy of India on 13 December last year.

The cleanliness campaign competition witnessed participation by 166 girls of the Karma Academy of Shaba Gewog in Paro.

For the competition, the students were divided into 11 groups and tasked with the collection of waste around Shaba town. Staff from the Gewog administration and teachers of Karma Academy accompanied the students during the competition to supervise and record the collection of waste.

A total of 405 sacks of waste were collected and disposed off appropriately by the participants during the cleaning campaign.

Kesang Deki Gyeltshen, Sonam Yangdon and Pema Tshomo, all Class 12 students of Karma Academy were adjudged the winners of the cleaning competition. Meanwhile, Tandin Penjor, a class five student of Shaba Primary School, received a consolation prize.

The winners were awarded smartphones with latest features as prizes and merit certificates to all four students of Shaba Gewog on 5 March this week at the India House Estate by Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj.

Ambassador Kumboj spoke about the importance of observing cleanliness in our day-to-day lives as well as the relevance of Government of India’s Swachh Bharat campaign since it was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2 October 2014.

She recalled the activities undertaken by the Embassy of India during the Swachhata Pakhwada from 1-15 January 2021 and asked all present to inspire family members, friends and fellow citizens to maintain cleanliness in their homes, workplace and everywhere else.