Around 600 students from 23 different schools from Margao, Navelim and Fatorda pledged to keep the Margao city clean at a function organized by the Department of Science and Technology at Fatima Convent High School on Wednesday morning.
The programme titled Combating climate change, had Chief Minister Digambar Kamat as the chief guest who in his address admitted that even he was getting disgusted with the dirt in Margao and blamed the people for their lack of civic sense.
“At night sometimes when I go for a walk, I have seen people dumping plastic bags filled with garbage on the streets and this is really quite disgusting,” he said while appealing to the students to take on the responsibility of stopping and educating people who indulge in such activities including their parents if necessary.
“If your mother throws garbage out on the streets, please pull her sari and tell her that in your school you have been told that this was not the correct way to dispose garbage,” he said adding that he personally believed that only children can save the city from getting buried under garbage mounds.
Digambar also said that if the students truly loved Margao as their own city, they would work towards keeping it clean.
Minister for Science & Technology Churchill Alemao however opined that having such programmes for one day is not a solution and instead advocated educating the people to grow out of the ‘not in my backyard’ mentality vis-à-vis garbage management.
“Nobody wants garbage management plants in their village then how do they treat the garbage from their own village?” he asked.
The students later on took a rally around the Margao municipal garden shouting slogans of keeping Margao clean and wanting a clean Margao. They carried various placards with message of cleanliness, avoiding plastic and other slogans to create an awareness amongst the people.