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Objective

The scheme proposes to raise National Green Army in schools all over the country to spread environmental awareness and carry out actions based programs for protection and improvement of environment.

Themes to Be Addressed

Themes which are of immediate relevance and implementable by school students will be identified. Some of these themes are as follows:

  • Disposal of house-hold waste (garbage).
  • Disposal of hospital wastes.
  • Water shortage and pollution.
  • Air Pollution.
  • Absence of civil amenities.
  • City afforestation and plantation.
  • Maintenance of public parks and gardens.
  • Development of environment friendly attitudes and behaviour among people.
  • Study of Eco-systems and important role played by bio-diversity in our lives.

Stake Holders / Partners:

  • 1) Government Of India :
    • a) Ministry Of Environment & Forest (MoEF)
    • b) Ministry Of Human Resource Development.
  • 2) Government Of Tripura :
    • a) Department Of Science, Technology & Environment.
    • b) Department Of Education.
    • c) Department Of Forests.
  • 3) Schools :
    • a) 100 Schools per District are expected to be covered with a ceiling of maximum 250 schools per Districts and total 600 Schools in the State.
  • 4) Eminent NGOs :
    • a) Center of Environmental Education Center, Ahmedabad
  • 5) Center of Excellence & Resource Agencies :
    • a) CPR Environmental Education Center, Chennai
    • b) Other agencies of Ministry of HRD
    • c) State Departments of Educations.

Role of Each Stake Holder / Partner

Government of India

  • Secure participation and cooperation of the concerned State Government for launching this campaign.
  • Identification of schools for establishment of Eco Clubs (MHRD for schools under KVS, NVS, CBSE, ICSE
  • Provide financial assistance for establishing of Eco Clubs in selected schools
  • Provide resource material through its Centre of Excellence.
  • Identify institutions for imparting teachers’ orientation and organising orientation programmes.
  • (Arrange uniform for members of Eco Clubs in schools under the Novadya Vidyalay Sanghatan, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan and schools under CBSE).

State Government

  • Identify the Department/Agency responsible for this campaign.
  • Nominate a Nodal Officer for the Campaign.
  • Identify schools for establishment of Eco Clubs, motivate Principals/ Head of the selected schools for participation of their schools in the campaign and identify teachers for nomination as teachers in-charge for Eco Club.
  • Mobilise teachers and schools for undergoing orientation programme.
  • Develop incentive scheme (for example 5% additional marks in one subject in non-public examinations to members of Eco Clubs).
  • Also organise distribution of certificates, grading of Eco Clubs and schools on the basis of their performance, selection of best three Eco Clubs in the State and District, and distribution of prizes to such Eco Clubs and individual students who have excelled in their performance as members of Eco Clubs.
  • Appointment of Coordinating Agencies for a cluster of Eco Clubs.
  • Arrange media coverage and media backup for the programme.
  • Arrange uniforms or distinctive caps etc.

Schools

  • Identify the teacher who would be incharge of Eco Club.
  • Selection and enrolment of 30-50 members in each Eco Club.
  • Ensure participation of the teacher incharge in the orientation training programme.
  • Motivate Eco Club members to participate in various intra-school as well inter-school activities aimed at environmental awareness creation.
  • Organise activities like marches, rallies, formation of human chains, tree plantation, lectures, debates, camps etc.
  • Exchange of information and interaction with other Eco Clubs.

NGOs

  • Act as facilitator for launching the campaign.
  • Provide requisite inputs for the functioning of Eco Clubs in the form of resource persons, local resource material, training etc. wherever necessary.
  • Coordinate the activities of the Eco Clubs as Coordinating Agencies.

Centres of Excellence and Other Resource Agencies

  • Helps State Governments in identification of schools.
  • Provide resource material for the Eco Club members.
  • Assist the State Government in organising training programmes for teachers.
  • Act as facilitators for launching the campaign.

Methodology

  • The programme shall be run in all Kendriya Vidyalayas, Novodaya Vidyalayas and schools under CBSE and ICSE and identified schools of the State Boards in each district.
  • In each district there will be approx. 100 schools identified for the programme. In each identified school, Eco Club will be established. Each Eco Club will have atleast 50 members.
  • One of the teachers of the selected school, who shows keen interest in environmental matters, will be identified to act as ‘teacher incharge’ of the Eco Club.
  • Orientation programme for such ‘teacher incharge’ will be organised in identified institutions at the State level and then through the system of ‘master trainers’ in all Districts.
  • Resource material in relevant languages will be produced by Centres of Excellence of the MoEF and other identified institutions for being provided to each Eco Club.
  • Each Eco Club will prepare a work plan for its activities.

Suggested Activities

An illustrative list of activities can be taken by the eco-clubs is as follows:

  • Organisation of seminar, discussions, lectures and popular talks on specific environmental issues in the schools.
  • Organisation of awareness camps through field visits to sites of environmental importance, including polluted/ degraded sites, wild life parks, sanctuaries etc.
  • Spreading awareness by organising rallies, marches, human chains, street theatre, speeches and debates and mobilising public opinions in public places such as railway stations, bus stands, agriculture markets and other crowded public areas.
  • Action based programmes such as plantation, both within and outside schools, maintenance of such plantations, cleanliness drives in schools, colonies, public places, neighbourhood areas etc.
  • Preparation of inventories of polluting sources and forwarding of the same to the regulatory authorities in enforcement.
  • Organising awareness programmes on issues such as defecation in public places, spoiling walls of buildings by affixing posters or by other means, littering of public places, personal cleanliness like washing hands before taking a meal etc.
  • Maintenance of public areas such as parks, gardens including those within schools and outside schools.
  • Mobilising action against environmentally unfriendly practices in public places such as garbage disposal, unhygienic and unscientific disposal of hospital wastes etc.

Institutional Mechanism

   Government of India

A National Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary/ Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India has been constituted to guide, oversee and monitor the campaign activities. Officials from Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, concerned Centre of Excellence and State Govt. departments are the members of this committee. This committee will give overall direction to the programmes and ensure linkages at all level. It will also ensure action on the part of Govt. of India agencies.

   State Govt.

A state level Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister for Science, Technology & Environment and with members from the State Departments of Education, Science, Technology & Environment; Health and selected NGOs has been constituted to oversee the implementation of the campaign at the State level.

District Administration

An implementation and Monitoring Committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Zill Sabhadhipati of concerned Zilla Parishad to carry out the campaign in the district. All the stake holders such as officials of Education; DST&E; Forests, Health Department; eminent NGOs and Citizens are the members of this committee. Chairman of this committee is empowered to co-opt the office bearers of some leading NGOs/ Personalities of the district in the committee as members.

Implementation, Supervision and Monitoring Of the Programmes

  • Responsibility for implementing the programmes in all schools at the District level will rest with the district implementation committee.
  • All ECs will be free to prepare their work plan them within the grants available to them. The ECs may raise additional funds through their own efforts or sponsorship.
  • District Implementation Committee may identify few specific issues on which combined efforts of all ECS will be organised. Such campaign activities will be overseen by the DIC.
  • Direct responsibility of running the programme in the school will be with the school itself. However, responsibility to supervise the programme in a cluster of 15-20 schools will rest with one identified member of the DIC. Thus, some identified member of the committee will be given specific responsibility of supervising the programme in identified clusters.
  • At the State level, the responsibility of supervising and monitoring the programme will rest with the identified nodal agency/department/officer.
  • District can be divided among the members of the State Committee for supervision and monitoring.
  • State Committee can also organise sponsorship through the efforts of NGOs and business and other social development organisations to augment resources and activities under the programme.
  • State committee will be responsible for preparing and overall evaluation of the programme to be made available to the Govt. of India and to provide linkages with the programme at the State Govt. level and with the Central Govt.
  • The Central Coordination Committee will be responsible for providing overall directions, ensuring coordination and linkage at the national level and reviewing the programme in all States so as to assess over all impact of the programme.
  • The central Coordination Committee will also ensure timely release of grants and organisation of orientation programmes etc.

Financial Structure Of The Programme

Govt. of India

  • Financial assistance for running Eco Clubs @ Rs.2,500/- per club per annum.
  • Cost of production and distribution of resource material to the Eco Clubs.
  • Cost of organisation of training programmes.

State Govt.

  • Cost of caps and lapels for the Eco Club members to be met through State Pollution Control Board.
  • Cost of publicity in media both print as well as electronic about the campaign.
  • Cost of items not covered elsewhere.

Action Points

  • Identification of nodal agency responsible for implementation of the scheme and appointment of a nodal officer.
  • Constitution of State Level Steering Committee and District Level Implementation and Monitoring Committee.
  • Identification of schools at district level
  • Identification of teacher-in-charge of Eco Clubs.
  • Organisation of training programmes for teacher-in-charge of Eco Clubs in each district
  • Centre of Excellence and or other resource agencies of MoEF, Govt. of India would organise training programmes.
  • Selection of master trainers (1 or 2 from each district) and organising a training programme for them.
  • Selection of locally relevant resource material in consultation with resource agency.
  • Printing of local resource material.
  • Finalisation of State/District level action plan.
  • Launching of activities by individual schools.

Public Complaint

1. Sri Bishu Karmakar,
Member Secretary (9436169779)

2. Smt. Aparajita Das,
Asst. Env. Engineer (9436469990)

3. Sri Dipak Rudra Paul,
Junior Scientist (8729920336)

Address

Tripura State Pollution Control Board
Parivesh Bhawan, P.N. Complex,Gorkhabasti, P.O. Kunjaban, Agartala, Tripura-799006
Email:tripuraspcb@gmail.com
Phone: 0381 2312589

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