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					                       Annul Report

                       Apr 2003- Mar 2004




         Directorate of National Green Corps
   Environment, Forests, Science and Technology Department
                Government of Andhra Pradesh
Room No.214, K Block, AP Secretariat, Saifabad, Hyderabad - 22 Telefax 2345 0245
                            Contents


OVERVIEW

DIRECTORATE OF NATIONAL GREEN CORPS

DISTRICT NGC UNITS

SCHOOL NGC UNIT

AP NGC SOCIETY

OBJECTIVES

BUDGET 2003-04

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH

ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND SCIENCE &TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

SCHOOL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

NEW INITIATIVES

IMPLEMENTATION OF NGC ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

SPECIAL CAMPAIGNS AND PROGRAMMES OF THIS YEAR:

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES

MEDIA EVENTS

NGC ACTIVITY GATHERS MOMENTUM

FUTURE PLANS

WHOM TO CONTACT
OVERVIEW

        The Honorable Supreme Court of India in its judgment in the W.P. No860/91 has
specifically instructed the state governments to introduce a compulsory subject for environmental
education from the school level this learning in environmental education is to bring about positive
changes in the attitudes and behaviour of the citizens towards the natural resources. The Honorable
court has clarified that the integration of the subject of environment in the main subjects is not
enough and a separate subject is required in the context of the growing need for instilling better
environmental practices and better environmental governance in the country. Towards this end
National Green Corps is a students movement initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests
for promoting environmental action orientation. The National Green Corps will supplement the
endeavors of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in greening of the curriculum.
Eventually, it is this Corps, which would work as agents of change creating a spirit of conservation
and mobilising citizens into environmental action. Awareness has to ultimately give way to
Action – the National Green Corps attempts to ensure this.

        While implementing the Government of India programme of National Green Corps @ 150
high schools per district, the state government felt that to implement the judgment of the
Honorable Supreme Court judgment in letter and spirit it is necessary to extend this programme to
all 12,500 high schools in the state instead of the 3,900 high schools proposed by the Government
of India. To undertake this massive focused task the State Government has constituted a
Directorate of National Green Corps with a primary objective to spread environmental action
orientation through the school students of this country a core team of seven personnel at
directorate level in G.O.Ms. No. 52 E.F.S.&T. Dept. dt.17.6.2003. At the state level the
Directorate of NGC provides necessary inputs and supports the information, education and
communication activities of the District NGC units and substance for the NGC activity. Production
of Training Manuals, Audio-Visual Aids, Networking, Conducting State and Regional level NGC
events, participating in National level NGC Programmes, Publication of Newsletter,
Documentation and dissemination of NGC success stories, Training and Re-training including
refresher training are the main functions of the Directorate. All Mandal Schools of Zilla Parishads,
State Government Schools, both aided and unaided private Schools, Navodaya Vidyalayas,
Corporate Schools, School affiliated to CBSE and ICSE with 40 members are formed in each of
these schools.

DIRECTORATE OF NATIONAL GREEN CORPS

        The Government of Andhra Pradesh established the Directorate of National Green Corps
with a core staff of seven members. Apart from the Director who has to steer, motivate and
generate programme themes and activities for the District NGC units and the Accounts Officer five
specialist staff members Viz., Environment Education Officer responsible for training and
retraining, Environmental Communication Officer responsible for developing resource material,
Executive Officer Communications for dealing with office correspondence, Project Officer Media
Information to keep media informed of the NGC activities in various schools and Project Officer
Event Management to deal with environmental awareness and training programmes conducted for
groups of Educational institutions by the Directorate.
DISTRICT NGC UNITS

       Each district NGC unit has one full time NGC Convenor drafted from the School
Education Department. At the district level, the NGC Convenor will co-ordinate the plantation and
survival-monitoring activity conducted by the NGC students and NGC schools in the district.

        A district level committee that has representatives from different Government departments
and private educational sector.      Collector & District Magistrate, District Educational Officer,
District Traffic Controller, Regional Officer APPCB, Principal of B.Ed. College, Principal of
DIET, Head Master of Government Practicing High School, President of Private Schools
association, Divisional Forest Officer, Regional Transport Officer, Municipal Commissioner and
District Medical and Health Officer are members in this district level committee. This committee
provides resources and contacts for the schoolteachers who are incharge of the NGC units for
undertaking the school level activities.

Role of District NGC Units

1 At the district level the NGC convenor co-ordinates the plantation and survival-monitoring
activity conducted by the NGC students and NGC schools in the district.
2.      The District unit conducts district level and divisional level training programmes for the
high schools in NGC activities and supports in developing and implementing locale specific NGC
annual action plans.
3.      The District NGC Convenor visits 2 to 4 National Green Corps high schools every day and
encourage the National Green Corps activities in these schools. He also photo documents his visit
and NGC activities conducted in the schools every day. He participates in recording and green
rating the progress of the NGC schools and the NGC students, as per the formats approved by the
Principal Secretary, School Education Department from time to time.
4.      The District NGC Convenor visits each educational division in the he district every month
and interacts with the Deputy Educational Officers, the Head Masters and High School teachers in-
charge of NGC activity, conducts reviews for strengthening the National Green Corps programme
at divisional level.
5.      The District unit submits monthly report on the activities conducted in the district,
simultaneously to the Chairman, NGC (Collector and District Magistrate), Vice-Chairman (District
Educational Officer) and the Director, National Green Corps.
6.      The District unit effectively co-ordinates in the developing and implementing District
NGC Annual Action Plan

SCHOOL NGC UNIT

        It is formed with the help of 20 students from 8th class and 20 students from 9th class.
These students are in early adolescence. Their personality has the complexities which the students
of 13-14 yrs have their feeling of self starts taking shape now. They would get an opportunity to
project their self through this programme. In this 40 members batch everybody should have equal
chance for leading the group, because this programme provides media through which the self
confidence, individually and leadership qualities of the child will be enhanced. Every student in
this member group will be given a cap, an identity card and at the end of 2 years they will be
awarded with certificate having value.

         There are two kinds of activities suggested in NGC. These are outdoor activities like
rallies and campaigns and in-school activities like vermi composting, school level campaigns and
school level plantation programmes. The works like judging in the competitions should be given
to those who are critical of the programme. While, coordinating a rally or a campaign outside the
school should be with the help of those who are friends of NGC programme, as help will be forth
coming and less problems will arise while conducting outdoor activities.

         The NGC units in the schools will finally be the centres of activity where environmental
initiatives will emanate from and persuasively spread to other strata of the community. Action
orientation and Action will ultimately go hand-in-hand. Our students might yet have a lesson or
two for us!

SCHOOL HEAD MASTERS – NGC GOD FATHERS

       The head of the Institution is the main source for delivering the NGC message every day
through the school assembly. 2 to 3 minutes extempore from the head of the Institution on the
issues of environmental concern focused in NGC will make the students ponder over them
throughout the day and in taking home this message to their parents. Schools form a committee
making the headmaster as the chairman and making the other teachers as members.

NGC IDENTITY

        Students are given “NGC Brass Badge. It provides them with an opportunity to feel proud
of the exclusive identity and to show it to others with whom they have to interact while conducting
NGC programmes.

AP NGC SOCIETY

        In order to generate public participation in NGC activities and for generating public
support in the form of resources (both financial and infrastructural) APNGC Society at the state
level and the District NGC Societies at the District level are also formed vide GOMs No 58 dt
28.04.04. The APNGC Society is now registered under the Societies Registration Act with Regd
No 751/2004 dt 5.5.04. Its Chairman is the Principal Secretary Environment and Forests
Department and the Vice Chairman is the Principal Secretary School Education with the Director
NGC being the Member Secretary. At the District level similar societies are formed under the
concerned Collector and District Magistrates. All the District NGC committee members are
represented on the District NGC Society. The vice chairman is the District Educational Officer
they oversee the raising and functioning of the Green Corps. One senior teacher/head
master/Mandal education officer in each district will act as the District NGC Convenors.

        State society raises resources and conducts the state level activities. It also supports
conception of district level Programmes and activities. District level society generates resources
for school level activities. School level committee conducts the NGC activity.

OBJECTIVES

   1   To develop environment education programme framework and provide inputs and support
       the information, education and communication (IEC) activities conducted in educational
       institutions by the District NGC units.
   2   To produce environment educational training manuals, audio-visual aids, publish
       newsletter and document NGC activities.
    3   To conduct state and regional level environment education programmes or events and to
        train the NGC members of educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh for participate in
        National level environment education programmes or events.
    4   To study the training needs of the NGC member educational institutions viz., high schools
        and institutions that conduct professional courses, in order to promote action oriented
        environment education and learning.
    5   To plan, design and conduct short-term training and orientation programmes in
        environment education for the teacher trainers, teachers, resource persons, curriculum
        developers and educational administrators.
    6   To conduct Training, Re-training, including refresher training and disseminate the NGC
        success stories of participating educational institutions of NGC.
    7   To encourage and recognize innovative ideas and proactive practices among the young
        students of NGC for environment improvement.
    8   To promote community participation through NGC teacher-student-parent network for
        conservation of local biodiversity.
    9   To support and motivate the educational institutions participating in NGC for effective
        management of the environmental resources at their institutional level.


NGC Themes

                The schools campaign themes focused in NGC include promotion of organic
    pesticides and organic fertilisers, plantation and survival monitoring, Household garbage
    management, Hospital waste disposal, Water pollution, shortage and conservation, Air
    Pollution, Civic amenities and their care, School and community plantation, Cleanliness of
    public parks and gardens, Cleanliness and composing at vegetable and fruit markets,
    Cleanliness at Bus stands and Railway Stations, Development of Eco friendly habits and
    behavior, Study and conservation of Eco systems, Discovery and documentation of the role of
    local biodiversity and Fuel, energy and resource conservation. Household garbage management

NGC activities

         NGC activities conducted through schools contain Awareness camps, Campaigns, rallies,
melas, Mock Parliaments, Exhibitions, Model making, Seminars, Debates, Discussions, Popular
talks, Mobilising public opinion again wastage of littering, Street theatre, Marches, Human chains,
Plantation and cleanliness drives, Inventorising and reporting polluting sources and mobilising
action against pollution and environmental destruction. The World Days of environmental
importance throughout the year are earmarked for out door programmes. The outputs of these
activities will be projected through the Science Fairs and exhibitions held at District and State
levels.

Budgetary Allocations in Academic Year 2003-04

    NGC receives annual budgetary support from the Ministry of Environment and Forests for
conducting the programme in 3,900 high schools, from the School Education Department in the
State Government for covering 8,700 High Schools and the Environment Forests and Science and
Technology Department provides for administering the programme through the Directorate of
National Green Corps.
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

       The Ministry of Environment and Forests in Government of India have released Rs
46,13,320/- and sanctioned 48,37,370/- i.e., Rs. 39,00,000 towards the Coverage of 3,900 High
Schools under NGC, Rs 5,75,000/- towards financial assistance for strengthening the
implementation and monitoring at district level and administrative charges for the nodal agency
due for 2002-03 of Rs.1,38,620/-. For Monitoring at the District level 4 Project Officers were
taken on project work by the NGC from the CPREEC at a cost of Rs. 3,60,900/-

MoEF School NGC Kit

        Under the school sanctions by GOI for 3900 schools across the state, an amount of
Rs.1000/- is to be provided to each school. In order that this amount was effectively utilised by
these schools, a decision was by the Commissioner School Education and the Principal Secretary
Environment, Science & Technology based on the recommendations of the meeting of District
NGC Convenors, to prepare resource material with that amount and distribute to all the schools.
The schools across the state have also been requesting for NGC activity resource material instead
of money, since they were finding it difficult to generate any such material in the Rs. 1,000/- grant
that they are receiving. Accordingly the meeting conducted with the District NGC Convenors
decided that these schools that are being covered by the Government of India funds and the School
Education Department funds be provided with material which can keep the NGC programme
running.

The following material was conceptualized, produced and distributed to the schools across the
state for the NGC schools covered under the Ministry of Environment and Forests Government of
India. Each resource material with its significance as below.

1. „Down To Earth‟:
    „Down To Earth‟ is a leading monthly environment based magazine published by Centre for
Science & Environment, New Delhi. This magazine is a highly educative and informative in the
environment scenario in India and abroad. It is subscribed for one year to all the schools in the
state by NGC.
2. „National Green Corps-Green File‟-A monthly NGC Newsletter:
    „National Green Corps-Green File‟ is an eight page bi-lingual (Telugu-English) monthly
newsletter started by NGC, which will be sent to all schools of the state for the entire year with 12
monthly issues. Hon‟ble Minister for School Education released this newsletter on World
Environment Day 5th June 2004. This newsletter contains information on NGC‟s activities, with
few articles that inspires environment awareness. Regular features on eco-quiz, eco-facts and
others would also be included.
3. Postage:
    In order to facilitate all schools to correspond regularly with NGC, a set of six post covers and
six inland letters are distributed to each school. This was done for the necessary information from
schools in different districts to be received at NGC office and documented properly.
4. Audio Cassettes:
    Two environment-based audiocassettes in Telugu and one audiocassette in Hindi are produced.
Well-composed songs and thought-provoking narration is the highlight of these four cassettes. A
set consisting of one each of these four cassettes were distributed to all the schools including the
summer camp host schools, which generated a very good response among students.
5. Sachets:
    Sachets or cross-bands that are worn by the NGC students across their uniform are distributed
as a set of five nos. These sachets are to be worn on important environment events and during
March –Drill sessions. This gives a sense of commitment and proud feeling of being a NGC
„Green Soldier‟.
6. Vinyl sticker:
    A vinyl sticker printed with „National Green Corps‟ and NGC logo having a dimension of 3 X
1‟ is distributed to all schools. This sticker can be displayed in the schools, which promotes NGC
motto among the students and teachers and also imparts a green image of school among the school
visitors.
7. Booklets:
      NGC booklet in English as „Rays of Hope‟ was published. 50 nos. of these booklets are
distributed to all schools. These are meant for 40 students (20 students each of 8th and 9th
standards) and teachers of all the schools. These booklets contain information about NGC and
have month-wise planned activities for students in schools, which can be referred as work /
exercise book in the student routine NGC activity or campaign.
8. Badges:
    As a personal identification and to instill discipline in the NGC students of the school, 40
students (20 students each of 8th and 9th standards) are provided with NGC badges. These badges
are embossed with NGC logo. Wearing this badge, the student is recognized and respected for his
actions towards betterment of environment. These students help in management of resources in the
school., thereby, relieving the burden of the school management.
9. Video Compact Disks (VCD):
    Four VCD‟s are produced in Hindi by NGC depicting short films based on common
environmental problems. Through these films students understand the cause of environmental
problems and also have a glimpse of its consequences. These films develop an attitude in every
child towards protection and conservation of our natural resources and also they learn better
practices and methods of environmental conservation. The films highlight issues on water
pollution, water conservation, air pollution, noise pollution, bio-medical wastes management,
power management, our historical monuments, our parks and its cleanliness, our rocks, our
beaches and its cleanliness, plastics wastes and others.

GOVERNMENT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND SCIENCE &TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT

       The main programme promoted by the Environment Forests and Science & Technology
Department through the National Green Corps in this year was mass plantation and plantation
monitoring programme. Five mass plantation programmes involving three to four thousand NGC
students at each location with the participation of Honorable Chief Minister, elected
representatives and officials were conducted in which the NGC students highlighted promotion of
public participation in plantation and other environmental protection activities. This was widely
covered by the media including live coverage. This programme was conducted at Hyderabad,
Mahaboobnagar, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Guntur. The NGC students participated in
extensive plantation survival monitoring in places like West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur,
Mahaboobnagar and Srikakulam,

Establishment of the NGC Directorate
       To support the Directorate of National Green Corps with communication and outreach
equipment an amount of Rs.6,27,817/- was utilised for procuring computers, LCD, OHP,
Television, VCD Player, Photo copier, Scanner and other storage and office equipment.

         The Directorate of National Green Corps has been allotted the amount of Rs. 42.00 lakhs
as an advance from the Contingency Fund during the month of October 2003 to incur the
expenditure in the financial year 2003-04. Being a new programme, requiring the participation of
inspired students, the major amount of Rs. 24.80 Lakhs has been incurred on procurement of
material which give recognition to the participating students and schools: Certificates in all 12,500
schools covered under both state and central governments and badges for initiating the programme
in all 8,700 high schools covered under state government scheme for distribution among the
Schools and students who participate in the NGC programmes. Necessary Audio-Video
equipment, computers, furniture, programme and data management equipment for supporting
office management at a cost of Rs.6.40 lakhs for the Directorate have been procured. In 2003-04
NGC activity planners in wall mounted calendar form were made and supplied to all 12,500 High
Schools in the state to remind about the month-wise NGC action plan and to project their NGC
activities at a cost of Rs.1,44,000/-. NGC Certificates with scoring based programmes indicating
the participation for each of the five lakhs NGC students were printed and supplied to all these five
lakhs NGC students in 12,500 high schools in the state at a cost of Rs.4.96 lakhs. These two year
progress cards will depict the school based environmental activities in which the NGC student has
participated while pursuing 8th and 9th classes. The Directorate has also undertaken the task of
developing the necessary audio and video software in Telugu for use by the NGC schools and
students. This included composing of songs with environmental awareness messages primarily
focusing on water quality and quantity issues through the eminent writers and singers along with
school children.

        To recognize the role of NGC student teams and to provide them an identity in all NGC
high schools, brass badges were prepared and supplied initially to 10,000 high schools. The
students participating in the NGC programme from the year 2004-05 will sport these badges.
Sporting these brass badges becomes a pride privilege of many government school students who
never wore such badge earlier. For the other school students these badges are a special recognition
for their efforts. This young „School Green Force‟ sporting these brass badges will stand out as an
example and as a trendsetter for other students in environmental self-discipline. 4,00,000 brass
badges were made at a cost of Rs.17.6olakhs from the budget released by the State Government in
the Environment and Forests Science &Technology Department for use by the NGC schools
covered under the State Government scheme.

SCHOOL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
        The State School Education Department has released Rs 25,76,000/- and made available
Rs.5,57,000/- from the funds released for NGC in Ranga Reddy District in 2002-03. This amount
was utilized for providing student level NGC resource material for all participating 3,48,000
students and 87,000 teachers, school resource material like vinyl sticker on NGC in the schools
and monthly newsletters for promoting the NGC activities in the schools. Apart from organizing
the World Environment Day programme at the state and district levels, conducting summer camps
in all educational divisions in the state was possible with inputs from three cassettes viz., Jala
Dhara, Neeti Neethulu and Jala Bheri in Telugu were produced and distributed to all 8,700/- High
Schools covered under the state government NGC scheme. Chief Secretary released this
audiocassette on World Water Day, 22nd March 2004. In addition, an audiocassette was produced
and distributed among the schools located on the banks of the river to promote the concept of clean
Pushkaram through the NGC students.

October - Students Environmental Month

        In the Month of October the School Education Department entrusted the National Green
Corps, the responsibility to conduct month-long environmental education programmes in the
schools across the state. Quiz competitions were conducted covering environmental issues, facts
and concepts. Special audiocassettes were made as an input into group eco-cultural programmes
through students participating in NGC. A booklet for promoting Mock Eco parliament with the
participation of students from across the state was printed and distributed to all 8,600 schools
covered under NGC by the state government scheme. Excellent response to this programme from
all 80 educational divisions was reported. This was possible with the support and guidance
provided by the School Education Department from the Principal Secretary, to the Commissioner
to the District Educational Officers, Deputy Educational Officers and Heads of Schools across the
state. The participation of students and teachers in this month long programme was very extensive.
The Government desires that the month of October 2003 be observed as the Children‟s
Environmental Month in the State. Accordingly the Commissioner issued orders and Director
School Education on conducting various child based literary and cultural programmes in this
month in all High Schools in the state. The programme includes the following three components:

         QUIZ competition on the environmental facts and concepts in text books of class VIII and
Class Ixwas conducted across the state by the NGC at different levels viz., School (14-10-03),
Mandal (17-10-03), and District (22-10-03} and State (28-09-03). Winners at each level go to the
next level. The District NGC Conveners prepared the Quiz question bank ii. Group Dances on
environmental themes and Mock Eco-parliament at the District (31-10-03) and State (07-11-03).
iii. The selected group dances on environmental themes got an opportunity to perform on the
district level and state level Children‟s Day functions, Science fairs and during the karthikavana
bhojanams in November. For competitions conducted during the month of October, where the
group level competitions at the Mandal level were not feasible they were conducted at the
Divisional level under the supervision of the respective Deputy Educational Officers. But the
questions on environment were from the 8th and 9th class textbooks.

        For Mock Eco Parliament the students formed into two groups representing the government
and the opposition. They will take a problem and discuss it and finally come to a decision. Here
the participants were advised to take up local problems and discuss them. The effort is to generate
not only questioning capacity but also answerability. The opposition has to form shadow cabinet
and the source of information will be the local news papers and media.

Resource Material provided with the support of the School Education Department :

Mana Aasadeepalu:
        A booklet published with this title in Telugu language is meant for Telugu medium schools
across the state. This booklet contains information on all aspects of NGC. It provides an insight on
the various themes that are related with campaigns and activities associated with schools and
events that take place all year round. It is a beautifully designed booklet with interestingly placed
pictures along with the relevant information written clearly in simple language.

Rays of Hope:
        This booklet published with this title in English is meant for Non-Telugu medium schools
across the state. Same as the Telugu version, this also contains information on all aspects of NGC
and provides an insight on the various themes that are related with campaigns and activities
associated with schools and events that take place all year round. It is a beautifully designed
booklet with interestingly placed pictures along with the relevant information written clearly in
simple language.

Audio Cassettes:
        NGC has developed four Telugu audiocassettes, i.e. Jala Dhara, Jala Bheri, & Paryavarana
Prirakshana. The Chief Secretary released these on the „World Water Day‟. One Hindi
audiocassette was produced and released by Hon‟ble Chief Minister. This material provided input
to the NGC students in the course of summer camps. A brief description of these cassettes is given
below.

   Jala Bheri is a cassette in Telangana folklore, Palle suddulu. Water pollution and water
    conservation, two sides of water environment are explained in simple language, dance and
    narration format.
   Jala Dhara describes the course of water from the point of origin to the seas. It is a dance-
    drama presentation on water.
   Neeti Neetulu is a collection of songs for a dance ballet on the water issues in both urban rural
    areas, with a commentary to support the songs.
   Paryavarana Prirakshana is a collection of songs on various aspects of environment
    conservation & protection.
   'Jal Dhatri' a Hindi cassette has songs on biodiversity, water and on the food chain.

   Vinod Babu, Ramachary and Snehalata Murali arranged the music for these cassettes. Dr. S.P.
Balasubrahmanyam, Ramachary, Vinod Babu, Pavan, Nitya Santoshini and Surekha Murthy
provided melodious rendering of songs.

NEW INITIATIVES

School Environmental Force

Through an active participation of schools in the field of environment education, the students will
be the source of self-assessment for their resources available at schools. This group of NGC
students „Green Soldiers‟ will audit the resources and their functioning on an environmental scale.
This will be helpful in regulating or optimizing the usage of resources and thus bring a drastic
change in the school consumption / costs scenario. Thus, forming a School Environmental Force
indeed is an ideal preposition.

NGC Website

         NGC has developed a website „www.ngcap.org‟. This website displays information on the
role of National Green Corps and the different levels of administration, its coverage and
campaigns. It has section that displays various programmes that are under its umbrella. Apart from
all this, a list of NGC schools that are covered under the NGC activities, as NGC Schools.
The website also provides links to addresses and contact details at the state and district level. Thus,
providing an easy access to reach NGC for any clarification or requirement. As part of new
initiatives, it is planned to have a regular update of information and to provide resource-oriented
links of other websites such as CSE, CPREEC, WWF, etc.
IMPLEMENTATION OF NGC ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

         Each of the items in the action plan is linked to the season and the social activity that takes
place at community level during the month. It was planned in such a way that the purpose and the
process are very clear to the participants in National Green Corps and in community.
         Dealing with replacement of chemical pesticides and fertilisers with organic pesticides and
fertilizers in sowing seasons. Drawing attention towards plastic solid waste when the solid waste is
likely to reach water bodies and destroys the water quality in June/July. Focusing on Water
Conservation when water is available in plenty in July/August, dealing with protection of water
bodies when there is a community practiced custom of Lord Ganesh idol immersion in thousands
of water bodies across the state in August/September; dealing with energy conservation, when
people tend to use more power for heating purposes in September/October; dealing with noise
pollution, when noise is enjoyed as a community pleasure during the Durga Puja and Diwali
festivals in October/November; addressing air pollution, when the inversion conditions of air are
quite prevalent in November/December. Dealing with chemical color subject during Holi festival.
Thus the method followed is to generate relevance and time the programme so as to generate
public support and participation. All these activities could be conducted at four levels i.e., NGC
group level, school level, neighbourhood school level and the community level. The flexibility
available while conducting these activities was vividly explained to the participants in the training
programmes. The trainees are also asked to make necessary modifications and changes basing on
their local needs.

       SPECIAL CAMPAIGNS AND PROGRAMMES OF THIS YEAR:

NGC AT THE BATHING FESTIVAL ON BANKS OF RIVER GODAVARI : GODAVARI
PUSHKARAM:


This years first campaign and most successful campaign was against use of plastic carry bags on
the banks of River Godavari which was observing the bathing festival of 12 years i.e., Godavari
Pushkaram. 25 teacher orientation programmes at various locations for the schools located on the
banks of the River Godavari in 164 bathing ghats of seven dstricts. This NGC campaign which
was extensively supported by the state Department of Tourism utilized all forms of media. Initially
an audio song cassette was produced with the support of the State Department of Information and
Public Relations. This was distributed among over 300 High Schools on the banks of the River
Godavari in seven districts in Andhra Pradesh Viz., Warangal, Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nijamabad,
Khammam, West Godavari and East Godavari. All temples located on the banks of River
Godavari played this audio cassette. All archaka/ Pundit associations who are in charge of the
ceremonies on the banks of the River Godavari were contacted with the help of the State
Endowments Department and were explained the traditional significance of not littering the River
and river front. NGC attended all meetings in all districts organized on the occasion of Pushkaram
by the District Administration and insisted on addressing public health and environment issues that
arise while taking sacred bath. This campaign was conducted at school level and outside the school
on the banks of the river at 164 bathing ghats. NGC student cultural teams were trained and this
dance drama form was presented to the local residents before the Pushkaram and during the
Pushkaram to the pilgrims. These NGC student performances had an excellent effect on the
pilgrimage and all authorities and volunteers allowed no plastics or soaps across all the banks of
the River Godavari even while over 4 crore pilgrims took sacred bath. NGC slogans were utilized
as the official slogans by the district administration in all the seven districts. NSS/NCC/Scouts and
Guides/ Police/ rescue workers/ pundits/ media everybody took up and not only supported but
actively participated in this NGC campaign. Radio, Television channels and all newspapers were
in lot of praise for the NGC students.They repeated the NGC messages. NGC students managed
the public address systems across these ghats insisting on cleanliness and protection of aquatic life
in the rivers from dumping of waste, soaps and plastics Considering that due to our food and other
habits these places are becoming dumping grounds for plastics and huge cesspools of drain water.
        The temples of the gods situated on mountains, hills and riverbanks are also thickly
populated areas. People go on a pilgrimage to all these places. Thousands of pilgrims visit these
worship centres and litter the place, leaving the gods to fend for themselves in a cesspool of
pollution.. The life of the people who reside in these areas also becomes miserable. To keep our
water bodies clean and life sustaining, no solid substances should be dropped in them. However,
people leave rice balls to pay respect to their ancestors and along with them they also dump plastic
packets in the river waters killing the fish. These plastics are becoming a nuisance for the people
who live in those areas. Godavari in Ramagundam and Rajahmundry is an example of river
getting polluted. Like wise every bathing ghat on river side , which is washing away the sins of
pilgrims, is dumping the filth and squalor into the rivers. The godliness of pilgrim centres is fading
due to the inhuman attitude of the pilgrims who visit there.

        NGC insisted on making the Bus stands and Railway Stations leading to Pushkaram clean
places by promoting the dustbins culture. In these waste generating areas NGC students observed
the waste generating sources and insisted on following “bin culture” there. The NGC campaign
also insisted on providing sufficient public transport to avoid traffic jams. The administration and
public who ignored this suffered a major traffic jam which lasted for 24 hours on the first Sunday
in the Pushkaram. The administration got up and made alternate arrangements only on finding
themselves in the middle of the problem. A smrithivan promoted in Nizamabad at the instance of
NGC on the Banks of River Godavari with pilgrim contribution and participation.
MEDARAM JATHATARA


        NGC took up the campaign to make the largely tribal biennial festival eco friendly in view
of the large-scale littering and related problems that surface during the Medaram Jatara.With more
than 25 lakhs pilgrims attending the Medaram Jatara, NGC expected large-scale environmental
degradation and with a possibility of affecting the public health. Hence a concerted campaign
involving high schools and colleges in Warangal district and schools from tribal areas in Adilabad,
Karimnagar and Khammam districts was taken up by NGC. A Kalajatha with palle suddulu form
was played in many public places, bus stands and railway stations leading to Medaram.
The main concerns addressed by NGC during the Medaram Jatara were:
Safe and disinfected drinking water supply at various locations in and around the Jatara site with
volunteers serving the water and keeping the drinking water supply clean and regular to cater to
the needs of 25- 30 lakhs pilgrims in 5 days. The bathing ghat at Jampanna Vagu be kept cleaner
and safer through a campaign for restricting defecation on the banks of the Vagu and in the Vagu.
All meat waste be cleared periodically with regular lifting and shifting of the waste and
disinfections of the location. Dustbins are to be kept extensively (at a distance of 10 ft each in the
Jatara location with regular cleaning and disinfections by designated staff. Encouraging the usage
of dustbins. Prasadam be supplied only in leaf plates and leaf cups and no plastic carry bags are
allowed for serving Prasadam. Girijan Corporation has big stock of these leaves. Stopping the
throwing of rubbish, wastes and restricting the soap usage in Jampanna Vagu. Encouraging the
usage of public toilets and maintaining public hygiene. Encouraging the public transport to avoid
the possibility of accidents and traffic jams. Restricting the usage of loud speakers and public
address systems to reduce noise pollution. Exploring the possibility of pumping water for those
who cannot get down to take bath. This effort of NGC was to promote making this tribal festival
into promotion of values relating to conservation of forests. Cutting of the forests and not caring
for water bodies has led to a great famine and war during the time of Kakatiyas. This is the legend
around which this Jatara is organized.

CAMPAIGN ON CLEAN DRINKING WATER THROUGH THE IRRIGATION
CHANNELS OF THE RIVERS AND LAKES

At the instance of the Chief Secretary, the National Green Corps has taken up a campaign on clean
water in the drinking water resources and in the irrigation channels across all the rivers in the state.
Three cassettes were produced and extensively used in course of the summer camps organized by
the NGC later across the 80 educational divisions in the state. They focused on the various sources
of water pollution including the alternates and diversions and many NGC schools choreographed
for these songs and made public presentation of these issues. From the Rain water flows into the
streams and from the streams reach the lakes and from the lakes reach the tributaries of the rivers
and finally to the river. The water which reaches the rivers finally flows into the sea carrying with
it all the surface elements of the earth. Hence the water in the seas are salty due to the presence of
minerals and elements while in rivers it is pure and clean. However, bacteria reaches the rivers
from the houses that are built on the banks of the rivers. They discharge sewage water and wastes
into the rivers which leads to contamination of water with bacteria. From some chemical factories
established on the banks of rivers and releasing partially treated and untreated effluents into
pristine river waters, the situation gets worse as discharge of effluents by the industries into rivers
will pollute the river water with chemicals

CAMPAIGN FOR ECO FRIENDLY BHOGI & HOLI

        A campaign against usage of chemical colors and against burning of plastics, rubber and
wood in the name of religious ritual of Bhogi was carried out. Letters were written to all 12,500
high Schools participating in NGC in the state to make these two festivals eco friendly by resisting
from burning of plastics and tyres and for putting the chemical colors to disuse. It is commonly
observed now-a-days that the festival of colors Holi, is being celebrated by applying chemical
based crystal colors, oil based colors that contain toxic heavy metals in trace or significant quantity
that would cause harm to skin and in due course may lead to serious consequences. Beware of air
pollution while you are planning for a bonfire in the early hours of Bhogi. This is the slogan from
over 5,00,000 school students from 12,500 High Schools participating in the National Green Corps
in Andhra Pradesh. Go eco-friendly don‟t burn trash. Go natural burn only cow dung in limited
quantities to mark the festival. Participate in the campaign to save your health. This is the voice of
National Green Corps students for this Bhogi.
Every year, a day earlier to the Makara Sankranthi is observed as Bhogi in South India. Where
there is a bonfire lit for beating the cold with warmth. A month preceding the Makara Sankranthi
festival is Dhanurmasa. Being the coldest period in the year and crucial period of harvest, tradition
has evolved several festivities and customs to keep the farmers alert. Traditionally the foreyard of
the houses is cleaned and cow dung mixed water is sprinkled on it. Cow dung balls called as
Gobbillu are put on the rangoli , in the foreyard of every house. These balls are dried and some of
them are burnt on Bhogi to mark the beginning of the harvest festival. Cow dung contains plenty
of menthol, ammonia, phenol, indole compounds, formalin and it irradiates the pathogenic
microorganisms. Hence burning of cowdung may disinfect our surroundings, help our health and
may not cause damage. Instead burning the dried cow dung cake, as per the tradition, today lot of
waste tyres, tubes, plastics and rubber are being burnt.Any combustion depends upon the nature of
substances used and their proportions, temperature attained, controlled supply of air and
interaction amongst various products formed. During the dawn hours, with low or no air
movement, there is a very high level of inversion effect due to which the heavy smoke emanated
during the burning of any material does not get easily dispersed in the air and would settle at the
ground level leading to inhaling of the components of the smoke. Inhalation of smoke from
burning of any other material would be causing a lot of suffocation and air pollution.
         Burning of these plastics and synthetic materials releases toxic pollutants and burning in
open emits 40 times more particulates than through controlled burning. The amount of pollution
emitted depends on the type of waste being burned and the combustion. Open fires that burn at low
temperatures can result in more particulate emissions, heavy metal vapors, acid gases and other
pollutants, some of which are highly toxic and can cause cancer. The most common and frequently
measured of these compounds is benzopyrene. Benzopyrene is a potent carcinogen. One study
revealed that open fire smoke contains carcinogenic benzopyrenes, about 350 times more than
cigarette smoke. Materials containing chlorine, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), can emit highly
corrosive and toxic hydrogen chloride when burned. PVC also is a source of dioxin when burned
at temperatures below complete combustion. Burning PVC also emits phosgene, an odorless gas
that can damage the lungs. Some plastics contain metal additives used as heat stabilizers and
colorants. When burned, these plastics may emit arsenic and heavy metals such as lead, mercury,
cadmium and chromium. Like anything in life, breathing emissions from burning trash has a risk
associated with it. The concentration of gases or particulates you are subjected to and the duration
of exposure have a profound effect on the level of risk.
        Air pollution is especially harmful to children, older people, people with respiratory
illnesses. Long-term exposure to moderate levels of air pollution can damage even healthy people's
lungs. Air pollution is also bad for the economy. The costs of air pollution include health care
expenses, lost work due to illness, and damage to agricultural crops, buildings, paint, and
rubber.Why subject yourself or your neighbors to these known and unknown problems from air
pollution. Go eco-friendly don‟t burn plastics, tyres, good wood and rubber. Burn only limited
quantity of only cow dung to mark an eco-friendly Bhogi.
        Becoming part of nature while working in harmony with nature was the cultural response
of our forefathers for generations. Culturally, Holi is one of the ways of expressing the feeling of
being with nature applying the colors of various flowers and plant products that grow locally, on
human bodies. It is experiencing the variety of nature itself. With artificial overpowering natural
in every walk of modern human life, we are landing ourselves in the trauma of environmental
problems including pollution and damage to public health. National Green Corps is trying to put
the cultural festivals in their proper perspective, providing environmental justification and
rationale for discontinuing certain cultural practices and reorienting them in order to live in
harmony with nature.
        NGC students have campaigned for chemical color less Holi in over 6000 High Schools in
the state and 637 high schools in twin cities. This concept received further support with the
College of Home Science coming up with certain local colors made of herbs and joining hands
with NGC. Students were explained the nuances of using chemical colors and were reminded of
the dangerous effects of chemical colors on the eyes of children that were witnessed, a couple of
years back.

       It was thus propagated, to fulfill the rituals that it is wise to apply natural colors that are
derived from substances such as flowers, turmeric, beetroot and chemical free kumkum.

OBSERVATION OF ANTI POLLUTION DAY
        3rd December 2003 was observed as Anti Pollution Day by campaigning for better
environmental practices. The various problems related to pollution were highlighted and solutions
to these were thought of. The people were asked to conserve and protect the natural resources by
planting trees and reducing the traffic by not driving vehicles at least one day every week.
Everyone was advised to develop a set of habits of conservation methods in daily practical life. A
two minute silence was observed commemorating the Bhopal Gas Disaster across all the schools in
the state.



CAMPAIGN AGAINST WATER POLLUTION
        For July/August, the theme was protection of water bodies, in which the ecological
observing importance of Ganesh festival is explained. Actually Ganesh Festival is to protect water
bodies; to make idol with clay implies that there will be space for more water in ponds and
worshipping with leaves of 22 varieties of plants is to make as many types of plants grow and
cropping through plucking leaves for supporting branching. Finally offering rice pudding is to
provide feed to the tortoises and fishes as they help us by provide feed to the tortoises and fishes as
they help us by combating the mosquitoes, living an mosquito larvae. Need for Eco-friendly
Ganesh festival comes from the distortions in tradition of making idols with Plaster of Paris,
cutting branches instead of plucking leaves, worshipping with and mixing oily products along with
rice pudding during immersion and the attempts of making this Eco-friendly festival into a disaster
for the water bodies is the focus.Students distributed the clay colorless ganesha idols tgo the
Honorable Chief Minister, Education Minister, Environment Minister, Principal Secretary School
Education, Commissioner School Education, District Magistrate and District Educational Officers
drawing big media attention and support

CAMPAIGN AGAINST NOISE – CAUSE OF GREAT CONCERN

     For October/November control of noise pollution is the theme. Deepawali is not only a
festival of lights and also the “festival of sounds”. Deepavali is a festival of lights, which has to be
celebrated by lighting tiny lamps to banish darkness. During the time when the population was
less, the practice was to make noise with drums and other acoustic instruments and explosives to
scare away wild animals. In the present day when we have enough cacophony being emitted by
machines and vehicles, there is no need to add to the noise these explosives. These chain crackers
beat on the ear drums leading to partial deafness or threshold shifts in hearing. The main enemy of
man nowadays is noise and we have to protect ourselves from this enemy. Silence is the only
weapon we have. Not additional noise.
        To combat the noise pollution, students will be participating in campaigns and rallies
against noise pollution. They also stop parents from purchasing chain crackers, which cause
temporary deafness. Even students can conduct campaign against noise polluting agents in their
school surroundings. Shhh….. is the slogan.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST AIR POLLUTION: ADULT MIGHT & STUDENTS’S RIGHTS

        A campaign against visibly polluting vehicles was taken by the NGC students who noted
the vehicle numbers of visibly polluting vehicles at various locations in the city of Hyderabad.
These post cards were handed over to the RTA for action. For NGC November/December control
of air pollution is the theme. As in these months the air has inversion conditions the air pollutants
travel and remain at the ground level i.e., 3 to 4 feet height, which has direct impact on students.
As students are more affected, they conduct campaigns and rallies to make the citizens aware of
the effects of air pollution and insist on taking necessary precautions which include regular
pollution check, right air pressure, tuning of the vehicle, right oil mix and right load to reduce air
pollution levels.
     We are living in a fast-paced world. Everyday our needs are growing and we are coming up
with new ideas to make our lives comfortable. It is hard to believe that the competitive spirit is the
cause for increasing air pollution, but it is true. When we think of pollution, the first thing that
comes to our mind is air pollution and we picture a factory with a chimney emanating thick clouds
of smoke but the reality is different. In the present world, the vehicles pollute more than the
industries as everyday tons of poisonous gases and carcinogenic substances are let out into the air.
The automobiles release majority of these substances. Every following day the life supporting
fresh air is becoming scarce. The condition in our cities is such that it is impossible to walk even a
few meters with out closing our nose and eyes. These pollutants cause watering of eyes and cause
skin and other allergies. No wonder today oxygen bars have become a reality as there is a dearth of
fresh air.
    Every day vehicles release oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, dust particles, hydrocarbons and
carbon monoxides. They are becoming a threat to the health of human beings. In this silicon age it
has become a tendency to analyse every issue with the help of computers, but seldom are the
recommendations implemented. About 70% of the vehicles on roads today are more than 15
years old. The pollution caused by the two stroke and diesel engines is very serious.


ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES
PLANTATION MONITORING

        Students participated in the plantation with-in the premises of the school or outside the
school. If they do not have enough space in their school, they planted in the non-grazable
varieties, outside the school in the community area also. They took necessary help from Deputy
Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry Planning and Extension), this programme was quite
effective in all Districts in the state.

        To effectively guide the school students in their activities, a two-tier training programme
was conducted this year on plantation survival monitoring. The financial and resouce support for
this programme came from the Panchayat Raj Department through the Social Forestry wing of the
state Forest Department at the instance of the State Environment and Forests Department and the
concerned Collectors at the District levels. First, the NGC Convenors were trained, who in turn,
conducted training for the teacher‟s in-charge of eco-clubs in each district. These teachers are the
backbone for conducting the plantation monitoring programme. This was also conducted as a
refresher programme and interaction meet with these Green Teachers to address the most topical
environmental issues.
    For plantation monitoring, there are three models were followed
    A. Mahabubnagar model: The distribution registers were supplied to the teachers during the
        training programme along with the printed formats for monitoring.
    B. West Godavari model: The High Schools announce in the school assembly and request the
        children to find out the locations of plantation by enquiring in the respective village {at
        their place of residence and place of the school}.
    C. Nalgonda Model: Covering only the schools in the neighborhood of the nurseries and
         assigning them the plantation monitoring works.
        Many students from various districts made a tremendous effort in propagating the message
of plantation and spread the awareness among individuals for the plantation benefits. Students
planted saplings numbering from thousands and lakhs in some districts to nearly a crore alone in
West Godavari! Many students depicted the role of a tree in a skit called „Atmakatha of a tree‟.
While in Mahabubnagar, a hill forestation program was conducted where nearly 3000 students
participated in plantation drive highlighting the concept of school forestry. The significant
observation made during the monitoring activity of these saplings is that almost all districts
averaged above 75% in the survival rate of these plants. This plantation-monitoring program
boosted the morale of one and all and new environment-educative initiatives too were thought of,
like developing a medicinal/botanical plant haven at Tirumala.

KARTHIKA VANABHOJANAM

       The concept of being in harmony with nature and practicing helpful and self-sustaining
methods contributes significantly towards environment protection. About 2000 students in the
Chittoor district, who were taken to a forest where they observed nature closely and understood the
importance of forests and its conservation, displayed this. Having their food amidst natural
surroundings and enjoyment through the sweetest of chirping of birds made a big difference on the
minds of the students. It was planned to organise such events, among students, regularly so as to
develop this understanding in them more effectively. Similar Vanabhojanams were conducted
across all districts involving officials and nonofficials. These programmes received good media
support.

RAINWATER HARVESTING

        Constructing a rainwater harvesting structure is to make the rain water percolate into the
ground thus increasing the ground water levels. Last year, under National Environmental
Awareness Campaign NGC in AP submitted a proposal for covering five schools in each district
with campaigns and physical works relating to rainwater harvesting. These schools were selected
as per the advise of the District NGC Convenors for conducting the awareness programmes on
rainwater harvesting and for constructing a structure. NGC ensured that the work is completed and
a report with photographs was presented to the Deccan Development Society, inturn to be sent to
the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 55 NGC Schools the rainwater harvesting structures
were constructed and awareness programmes on Rainwater Harvesting were organized.

MEDIA EVENTS:

       In order to involve media and to continuously keep the media informed on NGC activities a
series of programmes involving the collector and District Magistrates, Ministers, Principal
Secretaries and District Education al officers were conducted.

   i.      Release of poster and Audio Cassettes at 7 districts on Godavari Pushkaram.
   ii.     Release resource material on plantation activity.
   iii.    Large-scale mass plantation activities.
   iv.     NGC annual activity planner.
   v.      NGC audio Cassettes on Water Conservation.
   vi.     NGC Video CDs on various environmental pollution and protection issues.
   vii.    Release of stickers on Conservation of Environment.
   viii.   World Environment Day and World Water Day
   ix.     Programmes organised while observing October as Students Environmental Month
NGC ACTIVITY GATHERS MOMENTUM

The National Green Corps activity all over the state gathered momentum with campaigns over
different issues carried out by the students and teachers. Enthused students took up issues from
pollution of rivers during Pushkaram to plantation and monitoring of saplings. The students took
up planting of saplings and monitoring of their survival. The result was visible in the survival rate
of saplings. The percentage of survival is now reported to be as high as 70% in districts like
Kurnool, Medak, Guntur and Warangal.

The awareness about our role towards conservation has to increase manifold and on many fronts
among students. Realising this, NGC schools have been conducting eco-quizzes and Mock Eco-
parliament, so that the understanding of issues grows deeper among students. An improved
information base is sure to make way for a more sensitive appreciation of the need for a give and
take relationship with our surroundings. Schools in Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar and
Prakasam have done a wonderful job in this area. Implementing, advocating and convincing the
community to awaken to the reality of the need to protect and conserve nature, students are leading
by example. Students are putting in efforts to alter the hardened mindset of people. Over the last
year or so, the NGC campaigns were carried out according to the drawn-up plans handling
sensitive issues like re-thinking on the way festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi and Deepavali were
celebrated to how hospitals are dealing with their waste whether at Visakhapatnam or Anantapur.
Children are very good at persuading adults. And it is with this persuasive talk that they finally
managed to convert the most difficult of adults to their side over the issue of polluting river waters.
During the Vanabhojanalu NGC students were taken to the forests and they learnt valuable facts
about natural environment. There has been an energetic and positive response from different
sections of people of various other districts with the NGC activity conducted among students.
Many district conveners reported that the campaigns taken up by the students in their respective
districts yielded a noteworthy change among many individuals towards environmental issues.
Campaigns on clay idols, vermicompost, plantation drive, water conservation and protection,
dangers of unsafe food and water and many related issues generated a lot of awareness. All
conveners and other officials reported that these programmes definitely brought-in action-led
scenario among the environmentally disturbed population in the state.

The following are the highlights of the District NGC reports for 2003-04

ADILABAD:

Being the important pilgrim location on the banks of Godavari river flow in Telangana, a big
campaign was conducted through the NGC students. 82 NGC schools participated in this campaign
at various locations like Basara, Mancheryal, Luxettipet. Khanapur, Sone, Adilabad and
Sirpurkagajnagar. During the campaign, Kalajathas were conducted focusing the need to make this
sacred bathing festival on the banks of river Godavari, plastic litter free and soap and detergent
free, in order to maintain the sanitation and to protect the medicinal values of water flowing
through the richly biodiversity pristine forests of Adilabad. Plantation monitoring training was
provided with the support of Forest Department to the NGC teachers: 72 at Mancheryal, 41 at
Adilabad and 53 at Nirmal. Vana Bhojanam, a forest luncheon festival was organised with NGC
students and District Officials at Mavulla Cheruvu in Adilabad to support the activities undertaken
to learn issues linked to conservation of Biodiversity. A small action is better than a thousand good
thoughts. Students in this district have shown how every drop of water is important. As Mr.
Narayana, NGC convenor Adilabad says, children take left overs of food in their tiffin boxes near
plants, burying it there and then wash hands near the plants utilizing every drop of water. “Another
successful campaign carried out by the students here is switch over from plastic bag to paper
packing. Most shops in the district today have given into this campaign during the samakka-
sarakka jatara.

NIZAMABAD:

Godavari River enters Andhra Pradesh in this district at Kandakurthy. This is the reason for the
promotion of Godavari Pushkaram at Kandakurthy and Pochampad. The NGC student teams and
teachers were trained into ensuring the conduct Godavari Pushkaram in an Eco Friendly manner.
Food festival in the Forest, Karthika Vana Bhojanam was conducted in the nearby forest with the
participation of NGC students, Collector, Superintendent of Police and the Forest Officials. A
door-to-door campaign was conducted on the need for water conservation in the summer of 2003.
During Godavari Pushkaram Smrithi Vanam, a Forest in Memory of the elders was started on the
banks of river Godavari at Pochampad with the participation of pilgrims. The NGC students
focused on Eco friendly Vinayaka Chavithi, Deepawali, Bhogi and Holi festivals. While releasing
the NGC annual planner the Collector and District magistrate insisted that all 393 high schools in
the district should follow the guidelines given as per the Supreme Court judgment 860/91 case and
learn the methods of conservation of natural resources. Role-playing is an interesting way to get to
know others. NGC students enacting the role of a tree in the "Atmakatha of a tree" and displayed
great understanding and sensitivity. Over 160 students participated focusing on the need to have
different types of trees. Realising the importance of plantation, they then went about the task at the
district headquarter hospital plantation programme. Songs on "Environmental issues through
audiocassettes prepared by NGC are played at the Nizamabad bus terminus to attract citizen's
attention to burning issues", said Mr. Shanti Kumar, Nizamabad NGC Convenor. It is one of the
earliest districts to get on with NGC activity,

KARIMNAGAR:

Karimnagar observed 54th Vanamahotsavam as plantation week with extensive participation of
NGC students in plantation programmes across the district. Plantation monitoring training
programmes for NGC teachers was conducted in 4 divisions in the district. At Karimnagar 185
teachers participated, at Jagityal 133, Huzurabad 97 and at Peddapally 96 i.e., a total of 611 NGC
teachers participated in the NGC training programmes organised for initiating effective monitoring
of plantation. Vana Bhojanam was conducted with the participation of the Collector and District
Magistrate, District Education Officer and the Superintendent of Police and the other Officials
along with 80 NGC students. Clean Godavari Pushkaram campaign was conducted at Dharmapuri,
Manthani and Kaleswaram. Teacher orientation programmes were also conducted at these places
to initiate 217 NGC student volunteers into Kalajathas and Watch and Ward duties along with
public announcements on Clean Godavari riverside pilgrim behaviour. Inspired teachers can work
wonders with students. Teachers of this district fall in this category. At a recent meet to discus
environmental issues, about 80 teachers willingly participated and pledged support to the cause.
Taking up campaigns against pollution of rivers, students in this district actively campaigned
against use of soaps and throwing of plastics in river waters. “Nearly 717 schools participated in
the campaign against the coloured Ganesh idols”, said Mr. K. Laxma Reddy, District NGC
convenor.

WARANGAL:
NGC has conducted teacher-training programmes for plantation monitoring with the support of
Forest department at Warangal, Mahabubabad, Jangoan and Mulugu divisions. International
Ozone Day was conducted with awareness programmes, competitions and cultural programmes.
The Collector and District Magistrate attended this programme. In association with the vernacular
daily Eenadu, NGC conducted a plantation programme. As part of the activities conducted in
October – Students Environmental Month, school level, mandal level, division level and Zilla level
Eco-Quiz, Eco dance ballets and Mock Eco parliaments were conducted. At the district level 40
NGC schools participated in Eco-Quiz and 8 teams participated in Mock Eco parliament.

The highlight of the NGC activities in the district was a concerted campaign conducted for making
Sammakka Saralamma Jathara – a tribal festival, Eco friendly. The campaign, which was
extensively covered by media, utilised an audiocassette exclusively made for this purpose to raise
pilgrim interest in the issues relating to prohibition of plastic covers in the pristine forest,
restriction on usage of soaps and detergents in the sacred baths, utilization of public transport and
prohibition of littering and open defecation. To make this campaign effective NGC school
principals meeting was conducted to orienting them on the need to participate in this campaign.

KHAMMAM:

Clean Godavari Pushkaram Campaign was effectively conducted at Bhadrachlam with the
involvement of over 56 schools. Teachers were trained to inturn train the NGC students in Watch
ward service on the banks of river Godavari, public announcement service and Kalajathas for
promotion of cleanliness and „plastic and soap free‟ water front behavior. 64000 plants were
planted and monitored by NGC students in the schools. Chemical free Holi and smoke free Bhogi
and Holi were some noted campaigns. Reusable cloth bag as an alternate to disposable plastic
carry bag was promoted by NGC in the district. In a demonstration of the saying „Deeds speak
louder than words‟, students of this district NGC unit have canvassed for cleaner food and safe
water distribution during functions. They have successfully dissuaded the Singareni Employees
Wives Association from distributing food uncovered and water without safety. The Association, on
students request have now decided to serve food in eco friendly packets as well as water in a safe
manner, students campaign also yielded success on another front. Individual households in the
Singareni campus have now been accorded access and control over the water and power supply,
which were hither to under “main control” meaning centralized control. Students argued that main
control would mean criminal wastage of both water and power, as individuals not in need of either
could not switch the supply off. “Indeed, the students had a point and won over the management”,
said Mr. T. Ramamohan Rao, NGC convenor.

NALGONDA:

The NGC Students participated in plantation enumeration and found 26% of the enumerated plants
are surviving. During October observing it as Students Environmental Month, division level and
district level programmes were conducted in Eco-Quiz, Mock Parliament and group dances. NGC
students also participated in the District level parades conducted on August 15th and January 26th
and won accolades from the Collector and District Magistrate. All participants were given
Certificates. The Worlds Environment Day and National Science Day were observed with group
literary and cultural programmes by the NGC students. Colourless Vinayaka campaign and
Chemical colorless Holi campaign conducted in this district received wide acclaims and media
support.100 NGC students participated in plantation in 10 acres of government land in which 1000
plants were planted and are surviving. Leading all the way from up front in getting official
recognition to NGC activity in the state is the Nalgonda district. NGC activity has now been
included in the 'Headmaster's job chart' a list of activities which calls for a headmaster's personal
attention, reviewing and rating. An order has been issued on this. Also Deputy Educational
Officers from the education department will inspect NGC activity. "Students' involvement in the
NGC activity in this district is evident from the setting up of vermicompost pits in residential
schools for taking care of the hostel waste material", said Mr. Ravi Prasad Rao, District NGC
Convenor.


HYDERABAD:

October was observed as Students‟ Environmental Month with the participation of 158 NGC
schools from 16 mandals. An Eco-Quiz with 158 NGC schools, Group cultural programmes with
17 NGC schools and Mock Eco Parliament with 20 NGC schools were conducted. For plantation
survival monitoring 65 teachers from 16 mandals were trained. Out of the 40000 plants surveyed
34000 are surviving. In order to make Vinayaka Chavithi, Deepawali, Holi and Bhogi festivals
Eco friendly, extensive campaign in NGC schools was conducted with very good media coverage
and NGC student participation. On the occasion of the World Water Day on march 22 nd, the State
Chief secretary released NGC Badges and Audio Cassettes. The Chief Secretary was in lot of
praise for the activities conducted by the NGC students. Forcing the education authorities to show
the way to changed attitudes, students from Hyderabad, managed to sell the concept of clay idols
of Ganesh, instead of coloured ones for the Ganesh Chaturthi. Students gave clay idols to the
Education Minister, Principal Secretary in the education department and the Commissioner, school
education. NGC activity in Hyderabad district has evoked tremendous response among central
schools, private and government schools. "A training camp was held for teachers on NGC
activities to orient themselves to NGC ideology." NGC convenor Adithya Vardhana Raju said.


RANGAREDDY:

Urban Rangareddy NGC activities are conducted through the Hyderabad NGC unit, while
Vikarabad NGC activity is conducted from Vikarabad. As part of Students Environmental Month
in October, Eco-Quiz, Eco cultural programs and Mock Eco parliament were conducted with
extensive participation of NGC students from all NGC high schools in Vikarabad. In November,
painting, group dance, songs and clay-model making competitions on environmental aspects
including an environmental exhibition was conducted at Vikarabad. Eco friendly Holi and Bhogi
concepts were extensively propagated using mass media. As part of National Science day program,
an environmental exhibition was conduced at Vikarabad. G.Srihari, NGC convenor said NGC
soldiers in this district are way ahead and are leading campaigns not only on “green issues” but
other social issues, like AIDS, fluorosis.

MEDAK:

The NGC has conducted teacher-training programme for promoting plantation monitoring through
NGC schools in the districts at Siddipet, Zaheerabad, Gajwel, Patancheru, Sangareddy and
Narayankhed. October month was observed as Students‟ Environmental Month with Eco-Quiz,
group dance and Mock Eco parliament conducted in all mandals. A district level Eco-Quiz and
group dance programme was also conducted. In august, a 2-day workshop was conducted with the
NGC students for promoting the concept of colorless Eco friendly Ganeshas. Vana Bhojanam, a
Forest feast festival was conducted in Medak, with the participation of NGC students, Revenue
Divisional Officer and the Deputy Educational Officer. “A land of 200 acres was taken up for
plantation and 500 students participated in it”, said Mr. Veerappa, NGC convenor. “The workshop
on the making of Ganesh idols was a hit with the students in this district.” he added.


MAHABOOBNAGAR:

For conducting effective plantation survival monitoring NGC had conducted teacher-training
programmes at Mahaboobnagar, Nagarkurnool, Shadbagar, Narayanpet and Gadwal for 399
teachers. Out of the 92000 plants surveyed 71000 were surviving. Observing October as Students‟
Environmental Month at school level, mandal level, division level and district level Eco-Quiz and
Eco cultural programmes were conducted in all high schools in the district. In the district level
Eco-Quiz 15 NGC schools participated. Karthika Vana Bhojanam was conducted with the
participation of NGC students, 15 NGC students and District in-charge Collector and DEO at
Pillalamarri – one of the biggest banyan trees in the country. The Collector and District magistrate
participated in this programme. Mahabubnagar has taken a head start in many programmes. The
NGC unit here conducted a teachers' training programme wherein teachers from all 64 mandals
took part. There were in all about 100 participating schools. The Collector and District Magistrate
addressed the meeting. In another programme on hill afforestation, 3000 students participated
evolving the concept of school forestry. In this about 500 schools in the district were covered.
"Monitoring has ensured a survival rate of 78%” Mr. Mohd. Dabeer Ahmed, NGC convener said.

KURNOOL:

Plantation monitoring training was conducted at Adoni, Nandyala, Kurnool, and Dhone divisions.
As part of Vanamahotsavam 200 Government schools and 240 Private and Aided schools have
planted trees. October was observed as Students‟ Environmental Month with Eco-Quiz
competitions Mock Eco Parliament competitions. Eco-Quiz competitions were conducted in 400
schools and 76 students from 46 mandals participated in the district level Eco-Quiz programme.
This district also conducted Karthika Vana Bhojanam with the participation of Collector and
District Magistrate and The District Educational Officer in which 300 NGC students were
participated in a day long cultural and educational programmes on environment conducted under
the trees. NGC students participated in campaign against mosquitoes and promoted colorless
Ganesh Idols and the concept of Noiseless Deepawali. Carrying out a relentless campaign against
using soaps while taking bath in the rivers, NGC students from Kurnool tried to convince the
devout and religious to refrain from murking the river water. "The students' campaign won the war
against water pollution on the one hand and won people's hearts, on the other", said Mr.
Jayachandra Reddy, Kurnool NGC Convenor.


KADAPA:

Plantation monitoring training programmes for 266 NGC teachers was conducted at Kadapa,
Rayachoty and Proddutur divisions. On the occasion of World Water Day, a big rally was
conducted by NGC under the aegis of the District Magistrate. The District Education Officer
released the NGC audiocassettes and explained to the participants on the importance of learning
effective ways of water utilization and water conservation. Observing October as Students
Environmental Month, NGC has conducted Mandal and Divisional level Eco-Quiz competitions
for the NGC students. NGC students form 15 mandals participated in the District level Eco-Quiz
programme. In November, the Forest department supported the Karthika Van Bhojanam
programme in which NGC students participated in a daylong programme, learning about nature,
insects and biodiversity at Bugga river in Kadapa. The NGC students also presented various dance
ballets on environment protection. The highlight of the programme was that no plastic carry bag
was taken by any students or anybody to the programme. NGC students have vowed to beautify
the district by plantation. Taking up massive plantation on highway, main roads and road dividers,
students have ensured an impressive survival rate too. Their efforts have borne fruit and at
Tolagannapalli, a totally barren land, where students planted 5000 plants, today there is a 2-meter
growth of plants! “To further increase children‟s awareness, we have started a „ Prachar-ratham‟
on environmental issues,” said Mr. S.Nissar Ahmed, NGC Convenor.

ANANTHAPUR:

Plantation monitoring survey training was given to 287 NGC teachers at Dharmavaram,
Penugonda, Ananthapur and Gooty. NGC students participated in planting 14839 trees out of
which 8209 were in the school premises and 6630 were out side the school premises. NGC in this
district observed October as Students‟ Environmental Month and conducted school level, mandal
level and district level Eco-Quiz competitions. In the final district level competitions 124 students
participated in the Eco-Quiz. 98 students from 8 NGC schools presented Eco dance ballets. In
November, The NGC conducted Karthika Vana Bhojanam in Pumpanur village in which the
District Collector and the District Judge and other Officials participated along with NGC students
in a daylong Eco cultural programme conducted in a forest. P.Nagaraju, NGC Convenor said the
Karthik Vanabhojanalu concept provided a very good opportunity for students to spend a day close
with Nature. The eco-quiz, dance and mock parliament evoked a good response from the students.
In fact, the MP, MLA, ZP Chairman and Collector from the district participated in the
Vanabhojanalu.

CHITTOOR:

The highlight of the district NGC programme is a day long Karthika Vana Mahotsavam in Chittoor
forest in which 1600 students along with 400 parents, teachers and all officials and non officials
participated. These NGC students from 30 High Schools participated in a rally for protecting
forests and living in harmony with nature. They planted 1000 plants on the occasion. The district
NGC also focused on changing the cultural practices which affect the environment like applying
heavy metal rich colours on idols immersed in water bodies, chemical colours in Holi and burning
of plastics/tyres during Holi/Bhogi. During the Students‟ Environmental Month observed ion
October, NGC students from 33 mandals participated in district level Eco-Quiz programme. Over
42 NGC schools conducted Mock Eco Parliament. District NGC chairman released the NGC
Annual action plan. In commemoration of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, 2 minutes silence was
observed on December 3rd the Anti Pollution Day in all NGC high schools. 83 high schools
participated in plantation monitoring activity. 157 high schools participated in campaign against
chemical pesticides and fertilisers. 305 NGC schools participated in campaign against air pollution
during Holi and Bhogi festivals. On the occasion of National Science Day NGC students interacted
with the Officials from Municipality, Ground Water, Rural Water supply and Forest departments
on Water Harvesting Practices. An exhibition on water conservation methods and cultural
activities on Water – The Elixir of Life were conducted. NGC students participated in the
Independence Day and Republic Day parades at the district level. Another factor noteworthy about
NGC in this district is that it is the one and only district in the state with an all- girls-band. They
have won praise for their I-day and R-day show", NGC convenor G. Ranganatham Naidu said.

NELLORE:
This district was the first in conducting plantation monitoring training programmes for 350 NGC
teachers at Gudur, Nellore and Kavali divisions. October month was observed as Students‟
Environmental Month with mandal level Eco-Quiz competitions in 35mandals.NGC students
presented a dance ballet on environment protection on the occasion of AP Formation Day. A
daylong Karthika Van Bhojanam programme tried to promote Man – Nature relationship with love
towards promotion of Bio diversity. Sometime back, during the Chaduvula Pandunga programme
in the district, NGC students put up an exhibition highlighting the dangerous effects of the use of
plastics. A seaside programme, the exhibition impressed the then Chief Minister. Soon, however,
refreshments for the dignitaries arrived and all in plastics. In no time the beach was littered with
plastic-cups, glasses and plates. The NGC children were shocked and ran to Mr. G. Kamaiah, NGC
convenor in Nellore voicing their concern at the double standards of adults. Mr. Kamaiah was hard
put to explain to them about the stupendous effort required to change the deep-rooted habit in
people towards the use of plastics and finally the NGC students had to clean the premises.

PRAKASAM:

During the children‟s Environmental Month programme conducted in October month, the NGC
students from across the district were selected and they participated in a district level programme.
The programmes conducted included Mock Eco parliament, folk dances, skits, stories and quiz on
environmental issues relating to water, land and population growth. The programme included a
folk drama on the story of the Earth. The teacher orientation programmes for initiating plantation
monitoring were conducted at Ongole, Markapuram, Kandukur and Tangutur. International Ozone
Day was conducted with a seminar on Protection of Ozone layer. NGC students interacted with
Forest Officials on finding out how to rare the plants with less water. The students who are
participating in NGC activities for the past 2 years were awarded certificates. Handling the delicate
issue of changing people‟s ideas about celebrating festivals, Mr. A. Ramamohan Rao, NGC
Convenor said that, people would eventually awaken to reality. When he started the campaign
against big coloured Ganesh idols for Ganesh Chaturthi, he knew it wouldn‟t be easy to convince
people to change over to clay idols. “But children have open minds. They are willing to accept
new ideas. And once convinced, they exert pressure on their parents to change too,” Mr.
Ramamohan said.

“Dumb and deaf children prepared clay idols for us. It was amazing to see how these children who
were molding the idols for the first time, came up with beautiful creations. I am sure the sale of
coloured Ganesh idols is going to come down every year as the clay idol concept catches on”, he
added. A municipal school, DRR Municipal High School, Ongole has come up with a novel way
to highlight green issues. Every day its NGC students write out a new slogan on the notice board to
focus on the issue.
GUNTUR:

The Planning and Extension division of Forest department worked hand in hand with the district
NGC unit. From June to August total plantation activity in the district was conducted with the
involvement of the NGC students. Later, during period between Dassera and Deepawali, NGC
observed plantation festival with the NGC students guided to the plantation locations to provide a
feel of the Forest. Teacher orientation programmes for plantation monitoring though NGC were
conducted at Tenali, Bapatla, Sattenapally, Guntur and Narsaraopet. The Students‟ Environmental
Month was observed in all 34 educational mandals in the districtin october. In the district level Eco
– quiz, 23 NGC teams participated representing all the mandals in the district. The District
Educational Officer gave away the prizes. October 28th was observed a Natural Calamities
Prevention Day, in which 25 NGC schools and 150 NGC students participated. Social Forestry,
School Nurseries, Protection of Water resources, Water Conservation and waste management are
linked to each other, this process was explained to 397 teachers, in charge of NGC in the district.
In the weekly environmental knowledge programme initiated by NGC with the support of forest
department in the district, every week 1school NGC students are being trained in nursery rising.
The Horticulture Department of Municipal Corporation also took up training the students of
Guntur municipal schools in nursery raising. On the occasion of National Science day,
competitions were conducted for NGC students in Environment and Development. World Wetland
Day was observed highlighting the importance of mangroves. Chemical free Holi and smokeless
Holi and Bhogi campaign were effectively conducted in the district. One of the high lights of NGC
programmes in the district was conducting an Eco friendly meet with 250 students from 25 schools
noting the importance of Eco Friendly habits and practices.

KRISHNA:

In Krishna district 86 schools and 3440 NGC students participated in the campaign against plastic
carry bags in 2003 –04. Other campaigns in which the students were involved included water
conservation water pollution, conservation of energy resources, air pollution and hospital waste
management. These campaigns were conducted in 340 schools and 13480 students participated in
these campaigns. 6 schools conducted Mock Eco parliament on Environmental issues. Karthika
Vana Bhojanam, a programme which focuses on living in harmony with forests and nature was
conducted in as an Eco friendly meet, with 250 students from 25 schools noting the importance of
Eco Friendly habits and practices.This was conducted in two Educational Divisions in which 800
students from 20 schools participated.

 The plantation survival-monitoring programme was conducted in the district. Out of 16,14,470
plants planted and surveyed this year, 11, 75,902, i.e., 73% plants are surviving. Initially NGC
conducted teacher orientation on plantation monitoring in all 5 divisions in the district. The areas
with large-scale plantation were focused from the demand register supplied by the Planning and
Extension Division of the Forest Department. 120 NGC students participated in the Independence
Day and Republic Day Parades. One school in Nuziveedu conducted demonstration on
Composting. In the District Science Fair, NGC students focused on Fluoride in Water and the
ways of dealing with this problem. Observing October as Students‟ Environmental Month, Quiz
Competitions, group dance on Eco themes and Mock Eco parliament were conducted in various
locations in the district. Students of Krishna district have carried out massive campaigns over
several issues like plastic carry bags, Krishna Pushkaralu, and plantations, besides a 20,000 post
cards campaign over water protection. Mr. P. Gyaneshwara Sharma, NGC convenor, said, "Over
500 schools in the district are actively involved in all NGC activities". During the plantation
programmes each child was given two plants. Mr. Sharma proudly added, "Today, the survival rate
of all these saplings is 80 percent".

WEST GODAVARI:

National Green Corps conducted a joint campaign with vernacular Newspaper „Eenadu‟ in this
district. Focusing on the drainage system in the towns and urban areas, this campaign concentrated
on stopping disposal of solid wastes in water bodies. The NGC students who participated in the
campaign emphasized that, public health would be affected with the stagnation of water in the
waterways due to dumping of the garbage. The garbage should be segregated and composted. The
usage of plastic carry bags must be reduced, rainwater must be diverted to underground. Plantation
survival monitoring was conducted through 17,500 students from 420 schools. Out of the 79.15
Lakhs plants surveyed 48 lakhs were surviving at the time of the NGC survival-monitoring
programme with a survival rate of 74%. In course of preparation for this survival-monitoring
programme, NGC in charge teachers were trained on not only monitoring but also on the various
species available and the need for protection of Bio diversity, at Tadepalligudem, Tanuku,
Bhimavaram, Koyyalagudem, Eluru. Clean Godavari Pushkaram campaign was conducted
extensively in this district with participation of NGC students and teachers from Polavaram, Eluru,
Kovvuru, Narsapuram, Siddhantham, Tanuku, Tallapudi, Gutala, Vegeswarapuram and
Pattiseema. Karthika Vana Bhojanam was conducted with the participation of the Collector and the
District Magistrate along with the all senior officials in the district. October month was observed
as Students‟ Environmental Month. During the republic day parade NGC in the district had also
displayed a tableau and won the best tableau award. NGC students participated in Independence
Day and Republic Day parades with 500 NGC students contingents. A mammoth number of about
80 lakhs plants have been planted in West Godavari district. Out of these, over two lakh are fruit
bearing plants. The NGC unit in this district is also a hi-tech one and has its own multimedia unit
utilised to bring home to students the real environment issues in the most catchy manner. It also
holds regular shows on eco-related issues for the children of the district." The NGC unit is
planning for a botanical/medicinal plant haven in Dwaraka Tirumala. "NGC convener Ch. RM
Chaudhary said.

EAST GODAVARI:

Plantation monitoring training programmes for the in charge NGC teachers were conducted at
Pithapuram, Kakinada, Ramachandrapuram, Amalapuram and Rajahmundry. Clean Pushkaram
teachers training programmes were conducted at Rajahmundry, Pithapuram, Amalapuram,
Kakinada, and Samalkota. Similar campaigns were conducted for orienting the NGC Students
living on the banks of river Godavari at Kotipally, Pithapuram, Draksharamam, Rajahmundry,
Amalapuram, Jonnda, Ravulapalem, Mukteswaram, Vadapally, Kotiteertham and Davaleswaram,.
This effort paid good dividends in terms of very good participation of NGC students in making this
sacred bathing festival litter free and clean. Out of the 40000 plants surveyed 80% were surviving
at the time of monitoring. Campaign on noiseless crackers and colorless Vinayaka, smokeless
Bhogi and chemical Colourless Holi were conducted very effectively across the district.
International Ozone Day for raising awareness on protection on Ozone layer, World Environment
Day for protecting environmental resources, Anti Pollution Day raising public interest on the
issues if air pollution and commemorating Bhopal Gas disaster, World Wetlands Day for
informing the role of mangroves in protection of sea front and World Water Day promoting water
conservation were conducted in which dignitaries including the Collector and District Magistrate,
District Educational Officer and other district Officials participated. Every activity conducted
received wide spread public and media support in this district. NGC students also participated in
Independence Day and Republic Day parades. The cultural programme conducted at the district
level Republic Day function included a dance ballet on Water by NGC students. This programme
received commendation from the District Chairman NGC. NGC has registered an impressive
performance in East Godavari district with an inclusion in the parade shows on Independence and
Republic days akin to NCC parades Mr. Venkata Reddy, NGC Convenor, said, "NGC students
have impressed the authorities and people here with their discipline and coordination during the
parades". It was here that the eco-exhibition concept was innovatively put forth and 560 schools in
this district are active participants in all NGC activities. A painting competition held at Tuni
evoked an enthusiastic response from students.


VISAKHAPATNAM:
Out of the 17,20,015 Plants surveyed 10,36,579 plants were surviving at the time of visit by the
NGC students, survival rate observed is 64.3%. NGC teachers orientation for the plantation
monitoring was conducted at Visakhapatnam and Araku valley. Collector and District Magistrate
participated in the Karthika Vana Bhojanam Programme during which the importance of
protecting bio- diversity in the pristine Eastern Ghats area came to the fore. Visakhapatnam bowl
area has an inversion effect and suffers from air pollution. Remembering the Bhopal Gas disaster
the schools observed 2 minutes silence on Anti Pollution Day. The Deputy educational Officers
had a vital role in distributing the NGC annual Plan among the participating NGC Schools. To
successfully observe October, as Students environment month, MEOs meeting was conducted
followed by school level, Mandal level, division level and district level competitions in Eco
cultural Programmes, Mock Eco Parliament and Ecco-quiz. A large number of students numbering
about 1500 participated in the visit to Kampala Konda, an eco-tourism spot. A campaign on
tortoise survival has been the highlighted in NGC campaigns in this district. “Plantation
programme which had the District Collector, himself participating in it also evoked a good
response from students and a 63% survival has been reported in this district”, said Mr. Ch.Appa
Rao, NGC convenor here.

VIZIANAGARAM:

Plantation monitoring training programmes for NGC teachers was conducted in October month in
which 141 schools in Bobbili and 152 schools in Vizianagaram participated. Out of the 9,07,118
plants surveyed 6,63,323 plants were surviving at the time of the NGC students survey with 73 %
survival. Students‟ Environmental Month was observed at the mandal and district level with Eco-
Quiz, Eco cultural programme and Mock Eco parliament for promoting environmental awareness
through NGC Students. AP Formation Day programme conducted in the district had 7 NGC teams
promoting environmental aspects through dance ballets. NGC in the district has also observed
World Water Day on March 22nd where the Audiocassettes were released and NGC certificates
were distributed to the NGC students who completed 2 years of participation in NGC.
Vizianagaram Utsavulu has drawn appreciation from all quarters for the environment component
in the district science fair. Over 30 NGC schools participated in the fair and displayed innovative
exhibits highlighting environmental issues. Another first for this district was the group dance put
up by the deaf and dumb children, set to songs on environment. “It warmed the heart of many in
the audience”, NGC convenor K. Kameshwara Rao said.

SRIKAKULAM:

The NGC teacher-training programme for plantation monitoring was conducted at 3 places in
Srikakulam. At Kasibugga 98, at Palakonda 95 and at Srikakulam 98 teachers were present the
training programme. Extensive plantation monitoring was also carried out by the NGC students
later. For Godavari Pushkaram a 7-day campaign at bus depot was conducted by NGC students at
Srikakulam on cleanliness, public hygiene and litter free pilgrimage. As part of the programme
conducted during October, the Students‟ Environmental Month, 150 NGC schools participated in
Eco-Quiz competitions and 38 NGC student-teams participated in Group Eco-cultural programme.
In the month of November a Forest festival Karthika Vana Bhojanam was conducted with the
participation of 1500 NGC students from 365 schools belonging to 13 mandals under the auspices
of the Collector and District Magistrate. The Forest department supported this programme. During
this daylong programme literary competitions on environmental themes were conducted. The
district NGC unit conducted an environmental exhibition on the occasion of National Science Day
programme, which was attended by the Collector and District Magistrate along with other
Officials. NGC students‟ teams participated in Independence Day and Republic Day parades. In
this coastline district, children have done tremendous amount of work and today there are 18
vermicompost pits run by children themselves. Mr. G.Ramam, NGC convenor said the NTR MHS
School here has, infact, earned a handsome amount by selling the vermicompost. Schools indeed
have shown the way in this district. Twenty-three schools in this district have built water soak pits,
while many others are following with rainwater harvesting. A massive plantation programme was
taken up with a total of 10 lakh saplings planted. Songs advising people to desist from pollution
being played by NGC at RTC complex here have caught people‟s attention.

FUTURE PLANS
EXTENSION OF NGC TO PROFESSIONAL COURSES

        NGC has plans to introduce the NGC activities to the professional colleges in agriculture,
engineering, law, management, medicine, teacher education, polytechnics, hotel management and
ITI's. To augment it's resources and to introduce public participation NGC societies are being
formed and registered at state and district levels.

GREEN RATING OF THE NGC SCHOOLS

        The Centre for Science and Environment has come forward to help the NGC in Andhra
Pradesh in evolving a mechanism for rating the school performance on environment conservation,
protection and management. The water use, energy use, plantation, cleanliness, noise and air
pollution levels and open space in the schools will be awarded points on the environmental scale.

WHOM TO CONTACT

       The National-level enquiries relating to the National Green Corps may be directed to the
Director, Environment Education, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO
Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.

       For state-level enquiries, contact the Director, National Green Corps, R.No.214, K Block,
A.P.Secretariat, Hyderabad –500 004 Telefax : 23450245, Landline : 30900622, Website.
www.ngcap.org , E-mail: samvad@ngcap.org, New: samachar@ngcap.org

				
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