FROM STAFF CORRESPONDENT
Shillong, July 8: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma iugurated the newly constructed Cultural Complex-cum-District Library at Nongpoh in presence of former Chief Minister & Chief Adviser to the Government, Dr. D.D.Lapang, Home Minister Roshan Warjri, Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Celestine Lyngdoh, Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Pooja Pandey and Director, Art & Culture, Matsiewdor War-Nongbri on Friday afternoon. The Chief Minister also felicitated the ‘open defecation free’ (ODF) villages, while Dr. Lapang felicitated the Swachh Bharat team led by Deputy Commissioner Pooja Pandey during the celebration of success of rural sanitation in Ri Bhoi district in the same venue. It may be mentioned that 527 villages of three C&RD blocks under Ri Bhoi district have achieved ODF status, till date and the district was also given certificate of appreciation from the Union Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation on April 26 for its performance Swachh Bharat Mission. This achievement has been possible due to intensive awareness campaign and adoption of low cost technology in construction of safe toilets with the involvement of private and public enterprises through corporate social responsibility.
In his address, the Chief Minister congratulated all the partners and stakeholders of the respective villages on their achievement of ODF status through their collective endeavour.
Based on the rich tural resources available in the State, he spoke of the number of initiative taken up by the State Government for sustaible livelihood and sustaible ecology, including clean and green campaign under Mission Green which was launched before the Swachh Bharat Mission and which he said goes beyond the ODF concept.
While dedicating the new structure – Cultural complex-cum-District Library – to the people of the district, he urged upon them to make use of the asset to have some kinds of programmes every weekend and also informed the gathering that the department of Arts & Culture will soon establish Centre of Excellence for teaching the youth to excel as vocalists and musicians.