Communities across Nagaland get busy with cleaning
Dimapur, Oct. 2 (EMN): Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi a mass cleanliness drive under the campaign Swachhata Hi Seva or Hindi for ‘cleanliness is service,’ was held across Nagaland on October 2.
The government publicity agency the department of Information and Public Relations (IPR) gave updates to the media about the campaign.
As part of the Swachhata Hi Seva, Kiphire district organised a mass social work on collection of plastic waste on October 2 in Kiphire. All eleven wards and colonies were involved in the work led by the district’s administration.
Mass collection of plastic waste was conducted in residential premises, district government offices, parks, hotels, market places, hospitals, highways, drains and streets. The collected plastic waste will be segregated and recycled.
Nagaland PHED Minister Jacob Zhimomi officially launched the second phase of Swachhata Hi Seva at the City Tower in Dimapur in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
In his speech, Zhimomi emphasised the importance of Swachhata Hi Seva and its aims to eradicate single-use plastic through people’s participation.
The minister described it as a movement initiated by the government of India. He urged the public to contribute to the movement. He congratulated the participating departments involved in the campaign and said he was honoured to be a part of this initiative.
Further, Zhimomi advised all business establishments to do away with plastic in accordance with the government’s order and cautioned that those violating the ban would be penalised.
Later, the guest flagged off the event in which officers and staff of different departments, military and paramilitary, NGOs, civil society, students, citizens and shopkeepers in Dimapur participated.
Swachhata Hi Seva plastic free campaign initiated by the district administration was completed successfully at Tuensang on 2nd October 2019.
The campaign, directed at all the wards of Tuensang town, was assisted by one nodal officer and a dobashi each in clearing the plastic waste. Wards were also directed to construct plastic waste dustbins in three to five locations as per the area of the wards. The district offices were also directed to construct the plastic waste bins in respective offices. The plastic waste and other waste were segregated as per the standard procedure before disposal. The villages in and around Tuensang were also inspected.
Along with rest of the nation, Zunheboto district observed Swachhata Hi Seva by organising a mass social work on 2nd October 2019.
Deputy Commissioner Peter Lichamo administered the pledge on not to use plastic to the colony GBs, DBs and the public. Lichamo urged the people to stop the single use of plastic as it’s not biodegradable. He also said that burning of plastic is an offense now as the government has banned its usage.
Assistant Deputy ComissionerHito Sema also advised the people to try and make use of any alternative instead of plastics. On the occasion Commissioner-secretary for Land Resource, Y Kikheto Sema, planted a tree at the deputy commissioner’s residence.
‘Plastic Shraamdan’ and ‘Angikaar – a Campaign for Change Management’ was organised by Peren Town Council in collaboration with the Municipal Affairs department in the town hall of Peren town.
Paulieyile Herie, a class IX student of All Saint’s Hr. Sec. School, Peren delivered a short speech on the topic “plastic free.”
The additional deputy commissioner of Peren Moa Sangtam addressed the gathering. He said that the Swachhata Hi Seva is a countrywide awareness programme with special focus on plastic waste management. He said that plastic waste that are collected should be segregated as recyclable and non-recyclable, and the collected waste should be deposited at Jalukie town to be exported as per the directive of the government. The official also highlighted the importance of getting rid of single-use plastic and stated that training in paper bag-making for women and unemployed youths will be conducted shortly in the month of October. He called upon the citizens to join hands for this movement and maintain a clean environment in the district.
Administrative headquarters and villages and towns in Peren district also conducted a mass cleanliness drive and ‘Angikaar’ march in their respective localities, the updates stated.
Mass social work for collection of plastic waste was organised by Mon district administration under Swachhata Hi Seva campaign on 2nd October 2019.
Deputy Commissioner Thavaseelan K IAS launched the mass social work ‘Shramdaan’ and administered ‘swachhata’ pledge on ‘not to use plastics’ which was conducted at DC’s Office complex in the presence of heads of offices of all departments and staff of DC office.
The district administration took charge of the collection of plastic waste in all wards and all the collected plastic waste was kept in the ward level collection centres. Citizens proactively participated in the mass social work to achieve plastic free environment in Mon town.
The administrator of the Wokha Town Council, MhathungTsanglao, inaugurated the social work from the Police Point at Wokha on the 2nd as part of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign.
During the social work all plastic waste were collected and stocked in designated locations at respective colonies and was transported to the dumping site. Bags were also distributed to all the colonies, wards and business establishments to help collect the plastic waste for disposal. All departmental office employees, students and general public participated in the mass social work.
A mass social work programme organised by the district administration and Mokokchung municipal council under ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ was held on 2nd October 2019.
Government employees under various departments, ward unions, Mokokchung Watsu Mungdang, Ao students’ conference, Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem, Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Clean Mokokchung Campaign, Mokokchung Press Club, Young Women Christian Association, Kabur Telok Salangtem ward, Christ Church Mokokchung, Youth Alive Ministry, Lydia ministry and Royal Enfield Club Mokokchung participated in the mass social work.
The launching programme was held at Imlong Place Police Point at 9:00 AM where DC Mokokchung, Rajesh Soundararajan IAS focussed on plastic waste segregation and management. He thanked stakeholders for their contribution and support.
A walkathon from the Imkongmeren Sports Complex to the Imlong Place junction was also organised as part of the “Angikaar” campaign.
The walkathon was flagged off by SDO (C) Mokokchung, Abhinav Shivam followed by a tree plantation at Town Hall premises.
‘Swachhata Shramdaan’ and ‘Angikaar’ campaign organised by the Longleng town council was launched at DC’s office complex on 2nd October 2019 by the Deputy Commissioner of Longleng M Shayung Phom.
In his speech Phom briefed the gathering of government officers, ward leaders, Chamber of Commerce & Business Community, NGOs and civil society about the importance of celebrating the day and the vision of Mahatma Gandhi.
He urged the gathering for proper management of plastic waste through recycling and to make Longleng a plastic free district.
Phom lauded the effort of the wards and colonies for construction of plastic enclosures at their respective places and emphasised on the proper utilisation of the waste management system. He particularly encouraged the business community to stop usage of plastic bags in all the shops. He further called upon the womenfolk to come up with innovative ideas to replace the use of plastic polythene bags with indigenous products instead.
Phom also launched the ‘Run for Fit India’ organised by the Assam Rifles at Longleng and a tree plantation drive by the LTC, updates stated.