By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 24 Feb: The Behtar India Campaign has recognised Welham Boys’ School for its effective contribution towards a cleaner environment. The school has secured the first runner-up position in the Behtar India Swasthya Category for providing Dengue prevention kits to 1833 underprivileged children and third spot for collecting 13,218 kgs of recyclable waste in the Behtar India Vatavaran Category.
Campaign Ambassador and renowned film actress Parineeti Chopra will award a silver and bronze medal to the School at the grand finale of Behtar India scheduled on 28 February in New Delhi.
Talking about the achievement, Anoop Pabby, MD & CEO, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance, said, “It is our belief that each of us has a role to play towards sustainability and that is the message we have sent through Behtar India. For us, supporting sustainability is one of the smartest investments we can make for our own future. Behtar India 2018-19 has been a huge success and we are overwhelmed to see the response from schools and students from across the country. We would like to congratulate the winning schools and students for their contribution to the campaign.”
Commenting on the awards, Dr Gunmeet Bindra, Principal, Welham Boys, said, “Welham Boys’ School is honoured to receive this recognition from Behtar India. Our association with Behtar India has helped in raising our students’ understanding of the concept of Sustainable Development. We are committed to the cause of sustainability and these awards are proof of our commitment towards a sustainable society.”
In addition to the awards, four students of the School, namely Vanshaj Tandon, Naman Kapoor, Shrey Tibrewal and Naman Rathi are going to be presented certificates for collecting 2,114 kgs, 1,784.6 kgs, 1,215 kgs, and 740 kgs of recyclable waste, respectively, in their individual capacity under the Behtar India Vatavaran category.
Launched in 2017, the Behtar India campaign is a social innovation that works to get different segments of the society together to work towards making their cities cleaner, greener and healthier. Based on the three main pillars viz; Behtar Swasthya, Behtar Swachhta, and Behtar Vatavaran, the unique format not only supplements the government’s efforts to provide promotive as well as preventive healthcare to the community, but also ensures quality curative healthcare and behavioural changes in the fields of hygiene and environment.
During the course of the campaign, Behtar India Go Green City Summits were organised in 10 different cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad among others to initiate dialogue around Recycling. Representatives of different sections of society, including school principals, individual change-makers, corporate representatives and local government/ Heads of Municipal Corporations discussed the various approaches and steps that could act as a catalyst for a better environment for the future generations. It is a Collaborative Social Responsibility campaign that rallies to get different segments of society together to work towards making their cities cleaner, greener and healthier.
Through the ‘Behtar India’ campaign, over 8,07,452 kgs of waste has been recycled that has helped in saving 1.92 crore litres of water, 13,667 trees, 7,235 barrels of oil and 35,373 households’ one month electricity consumption. A total of 70,000 Dengue Protection Kits have been distributed to the underprivileged children as part of the Behtar India campaign till now.
By OUR STAFF REPORTER