The Ministry of Defence announced on December 18, 2021 that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) to reuse plastic waste, collected by the cadets during its latest campaign, for construction of roads across the country. NCC started a month-long Puneet Sagar Abhiyan on December 1, 2021 to clean the beaches.
According to the ministry, 0.34 million cadets from 127 coastal area NCC units have so far collected approximately six tons of plastic waste. The aim of the campaign is to propagate the message of importance of clean seashores and beaches amongst the local population and future generations. The NCC has also approached IITs and other premier institutes for their cooperation in recycling and gainful utilisation of the plastic wastes collected.