‘Take up cleanliness as self-service’

‘Take up cleanliness as self-service’

ITANAGAR, Jun 2: An awareness workshop on SBA (Clean India Mission) was held at Nyikum Nyia Hall, Nirjuli today.

Sponsored by NHPC under its CSR activity in collaboration with IMC & Capital Administration, the programme was participated by the NGOs and SHGs among others.

While participating as capital administration representative, EAC Hengo Basar requested the gathering to take up cleanliness as self-service and not as govt job. He said with the sensitization efforts put in by the Governor Dr B D Mishra in ‘Swachtha and Nari Utthan mission’ and tireless initiative taken by the DC Capital Complex in cleaning up the region through door to door service a tangible progress in cleanliness drive has been achieved.

He lauded the NHPC for conducting the event (on Swachhta), the talk of the country today by involving people right from village to metropolitan city. The SBM has brought the much needed change to raise the image of the nation and this eastern most state is not far behind, said the EAC. He also committed to be true facilitator to ensure the benefits of all GoAP schemes reach the beneficiaries and exhorted the gathering to reciprocate with commitment.

GoAP with the involvement of the masses of this hilly state has created a milestone in India in the field of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) whether in garbage disposal or building individual/community latrines or attaining open defecation free (ODF) status, said senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, who was speaking as a resource person.

He said that though Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched SBM on 02.10.14 but former state Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh had given the clarion call in 2010 to make Arunachal ‘clean, green and plastic-free’ to turn it a tourism hub of the nation.

However, Chief Minister Pema Khandu took up the SBW with priority for door to door garbage collection and safe disposal involving municipal council at Itanagar & Pasighat; launched 15-day ‘Swacchta hi seva’ across the state on 15.09.17 and ODF project, prepared in 2012 by PH&WS (sanitation) CE Toko Jyoti, he told a strong gathering, including NGO representatives and those involved in SBM, mostly women, NHPC officers including senior manager (personnel) Parvesh Kumar.

Building of individual household and community latrines with commitment continued simultaneously that brought a sea change to push state’s status from 3rd dirtiest to 216th city among 434 cities surveyed in India as per Swachh Survekshan-2017, the then Union UD Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had announced on 04.03.17 while in ODF it had secured 7th position, 2nd in NE after Sikkim. This achievement was historic for the state when India generated about 1 lakh MT of garbage daily in 2017 but garbage collection and disposal by local urban bodies posed a serious challenge for lack of proper system and infrastructure, he said.

Governor Dr Mishra pitched in with ‘Hamara elan swacchata aur nari uttahn’ slogan to give a new thrust to SBM, he said, according to an official release.


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