South West Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Caramai Kharkongngor today said that Meghalaya which is renowned for its beauty and cleanliness is getting polluted with the passage of time and increased population.
She was speaking during the launch of Swaachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG) at the hall of the office of PHE, Mawkyrwat. Also present at the programme was S Snaitang, Executive Engineer, PHE, Mawkyrwat Division.
Speaking on the occasion, Kharkongngor said that Swaachh or Swachh Bharat Campaign is derived from a Sanskrit word which means cleanliness and its surroundings. She also informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the Swaachh Bharat Campaign, an initiative whose aims and objectives is to make India Clean and green.
Kharkongor also stressed on the importance of having proper dumping sites in South West Khasi Hills district and urged the PHE Department to take up the matter seriously.
The Deputy Commissioner also stressed upon the needs of having toilets with adequate water supply and in the absence of which having toilets without water will not serve the purpose of cleanliness and sanitation.
She also advised and urged upon one and all not to let their cattle on the loose in order to avoid loitering of the streets and public places.
Calling upon the people to avail the benefits and schemes offered by the government for their development and growth in the district, Kharkongor sought the support and cooperation from various sections of the society in order to bring a change and development in the district.
The objective of the programme is to assess the state of hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation in rural and urban areas for their level of cleanliness and active implementation of cleanliness mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner.
The programme also aims to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live to foster a spirit of healthy competition towards cleaning cities and towns and proper implementation of solid and liquid waste management.
S Snaitang, Executive Engineer, PHE Mawkyrwat Division gave a short introduction on the programme while P L Thongni, District Coordinator, DSBM (G), South West Khasi Hills gave a presentation on Swachh Survekshan Grameen (SSG), H Suja, IEC Coordinator, Jal Jeevan Mission, South West Khasi Hills delivered a welcome speech and W Lyngkhoi, Assistant District Coordinator, DSBM (G), South West Khasi Hills offered the vote of thanks.