FROM OUR STAFF CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, May 9: In a unique gesture, nearly 1,000 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel engaged themselves in a cleaning drive that stretched for nearly fifteen kms of the road in Shillong and the stretched towards the prestigious North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regiol Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGHRIHMS). Interestingly, the cleaning drive undertaken by BSF was not a token gesture. It was carried out with a conviction that drive is not the first and the last but an initiative that will be consistent in the months to come. From the pep talks given to local residents and awareness messages through persol involvement-varying from placards and flexes displayed in the area of the exercises, It was noted that public started to joined in the cleaning drive. Ree Rai of Umpling said, “We were prompted to join hands in cleaning the neighbourhood when we saw the uniform men entered to clean our vicinity”, adding, “ It is a wakeup call to all of us on how we should keep our own environment clean”. Sushila Pyngrope, another local resident was taken aback to see scores of camouflage men in a different gears altogether. “I thought some ugly incident has happened before realising the cleanliness drive that was carried out just outside my compound”. Inspector General (IG) of BSF (Meghalaya Frontier) Sudesh Kumar said, “Our force has started doing it and our reach out programme to involve and to inculcate in our people to make a swachh bharat will not be derailed.” More than 15 vehicles were deployed for shifting the garbage to Mowlai (Garbage disposal place).