Celebration of Birth Anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri as Cleanliness Day

      On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Ganhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, Cleanliness day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and revelry on October 02, 2016 at ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Almora campus and its experimental station at Hawabagh. The programme started with flag hoisting followed by unveiling of the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi. All the staff members paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Dr. J. K Bisht, Director-In charge, in his address gave a brief description of contribution of Gandhiji, and Lal Bahadur Shastriji towards development of the country and said that  it is our social responsibility as citizens of India to help fulfil Gandhiji`s vision of Clean India. He told the significance of Clean India Mission of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and assured that the institute will carry on it as a ritual.

Local MLA, Shri Manoj Tiwari joined the VPKAS cleaning team

Institute staff cleaning the Badreshwar water spring adopted for its rejuvenation by the institute

   Dr Nirmal Chandra, Nodal officer of Swachhta Mission, gave a brief description of celebrating the birth anniversaries of the two great leaders as ‘Cleanliness day’ by Government of India and emphasized the significance of cleanliness of body and mind in daily life. He briefed upon the different activities organized by the Institute time to time since inception of Clean India Mission. A human chain of all the staff members was formed which consequently carried out cleanliness drive at different places of the city namely, vicinities of Holiday home of Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam,Hotel Himadri, Senior Secondary School, Almora, residential area of Air India Radio. The garbage around the main road was collected and disposed off safely.

 Bushes and weeds along fences, foundations of residential colony of Aakashvaani, Institute library and bio technology laboratory were cleared. A team of personnel led by Institute’s Administrative Officer cleaned the Institute adopted spring i.e. Badreshwar Spring and its surrounding area.         All the staff of the Experimental station at Hawalbagh, Farm Science Centres at Bageswar and Uttarkashi participated in the cleanliness drive organized at their respective stations actively and enthusiastically. The staff members at their respective stations formed human chain and organized awareness campaigns on cleanliness and cleaned the vicinities and main roads. The passengers were also motivated to keep the roads clean.

Scientists and staff cleaning the road side around the institute campus

       The programme was appreciated by a local MLA who participated voluntarily in the event.

Glimpses of the community cleaning programme taken up by ICAR-VPKAS


Coordinator and staff of KVK, Bageshwar cleaning the administrative building


Coordinator and staff of KVK, Uttarkashi cleaning National Highway at Chiniyalisaur


Rejuvenation of Water Resources

Team of experts guiding the work at Badreswar spring (Naula

As a part of ‘Swatch Bharat Mission’ ICAR-VPKAS in collaboration with district administration, identified seven natural springs (Naulas) after surveying 41 of them and adopted them for rejuvenation.  These are traditional water collection sources built by kings and have the potential to solve drinking water problem of Almora town to a large extent. A team of experts visited Badreshwar spring on October 25, 2016. Dr. B.P. Bhatt, Director, ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna; Dr. Arunav Patnayak, Director, ICAR-VPKAS, Almora; Dr. Arnab Sen, Principal Scientist, ICAR Research Complex for NE Region, Meghalaya; Dr. J.K. Bisht, Head of Division and Dr. S.C. Pandey, Principal Scientist were part of the team. On this occasion staff members of the institute cleaned surrounding areas, drained the water and cleaned the inner area of the Naula.
During the visit of the experts, suggestions were given to increase the water flow of the Naula. They suggested that surrounding of the natural resources should be maintained clean. The level of outside soil should be lower than water spring. Regular water quality testing should be done.

Cleaning work inside the Badreswar spring (Naula)

Swachhta Awareness among Farmers through Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav Program


   Swachhta awareness programs were organised regularly to bring awareness among the farmers of 31 villages adopted under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav program. Special lecture were given on bio-fertilizer from kitchen and animal waste, plastic waste management bad effects of crop burning and open defecation.


Swatchata Gosthi at Bimola Village                                                               Swatchata Gosthi at Raun-Dal Village