Administering a pledge to the people to keep the country clean, the President said keeping the surroundings clean is an effective way in which a citizen can serve his country.

Besides the government initiative to maintain cleanliness, he said, each and every Indian should do his part in this mission.

The President, who took part in this mission at Kirnahar Shib Chandra High School from where he finished his school-level education, said it was from this institute that he first imbibed the importance of cleanliness.

Messages on cleanliness were written on the walls of the school building which left an imprint on the minds of the students, he said.

The President came to Kirnahar from Mirati where he is performing puja in his ancestral house. He is putting up at the house of his elder sister Annapurna Banerjee here in Birbhum district.

This is the third Durga puja for Mukherjee after being sworn in as the President of the country.

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