Over 3 lakh students from over 2,700 schools in the district, on December 31, will take an oath of not consuming tobacco or related products from the new year and onwards, a district official said.
“The day will be observed as ‘Tambakhu Mukhta Jeevan Sankalp Din” (Tobacco Free Life Resolution Day). Over 3 lakh students from around 2,109 primary and 600 high schools from the district will take oath against consuming tobacco from the new year and onwards,” she said.
This is the initiative of Yavatmal Zila Parishad Chief Executive Officer Mallinath Kalshetti and Primary Education Officer Sujita Patekar.
Meanwhile, Patekar said that the education department was involved in creating mass awareness among students, teachers and parents about ill effects of tobacco.
“This year we have decided to arrange a mass oath taking programme across the schools in the district in which the students, teachers, parents and the villagers are to repeat the oath recoded in the voice of the CEO Kalshetti,” she added.
“We are also in touch with the offices of the Limca Book of World records and the India Book of World Records for the programme,” Patekar said.
According to the officer, Mumbai-based ‘Salam Mumbai Foundation’ has extended their co-operation for the programme.