Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar Campaign - International Coastal Clean-Up Day (July)

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Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar Campaign would be launched to celebrate International Coastal Clean-up Day. The Union Government along with various voluntary organizations will run cleanliness campaign “Swachh Sagar, Surakshit Sagar” along the coastline of the country.

Swachh Sagar Surakshit Sagar Campaign

  • The campaign will start on 17th September 2022 on account of “International Coastal Clean-up Day” which is celebrated every year on the third Saturday of September.
  • This campaign will involve the Ministries of Earth Sciences (MoES) and Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) , the Indian Coast Guard, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and other social organizations and educational institutions.
  • It will be the first-of-its kind and longest-running clean-up campaign in the world with the highest number of people participating in it.
  • The coastal clean-up drive will be carried out at 75 beaches across the country as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Swachh Sagar Surakshit Sagar Campaign


  • Running a cleanliness campaign along India՚s entire coastline.
  • To reduce marine litter.
  • To minimise the use of plastics.
  • To encourage segregation of waste at source and waste management.

Importance of a Clean Ocean

  • The ocean is a vital source of nourishment, especially to people in the world՚s poorest nations.
  • Many depend on fish for their primary source of protein; fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihoods of about 540 million people (8 % of the world՚s population) directly or indirectly.
  • Overfishing, loss of biodiversity and the possible extinction of species put a stress on these limited resources. This could lead to famine, increased poverty and conflicts, including war.
  • Learning to manage the ocean sustainably is the only path to global prosperity and peace.


  • India has a coastline of more than 7,500 km.
  • India has a rich marine history, with marine activities dating back to the age of Rig Veda.
  • Further, the Indian Ocean is the only ocean named after a country.
  • However, the plastic litter mainly due to land-based activities, tourism and fishing has been polluting the coasts, seas and ocean, which is posing a serious threat to the marine ecosystem.

Source: Press Information Bureau (PIB)

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