BOKO: “To realize Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of making India clean and dirt-free, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. This campaign has not remained merely a government programme as it has transcended into a mass movement embraced by the people of the country wholeheartedly,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while inaugurating the Swachhta Hi Sewa 2018 campaign and a piped water supply scheme under ‘Mission 100’ at Boko in Kamrup on Saturday.
Urging the people to make the objective of the campaign successful, the Chief Minister called upon the people to join hands with the government in keeping each village and town of the State clean and dirt-free. He also informed that people had given tremendous response to the government’s call to plant fruit and flower bearing and medicinal trees for realizing the dream of a pollution-free Assam.
Saying that educational institutes must have conducive atmosphere for building good citizens for the country, Sonowal said that only good thoughts could lead to good deeds. He also said that through the students’ hard-work and discipline, the State could be made one of the best States in the country. “As Engineers’ Day is celebrated today in the country in memory of renowned engineer Sir Vishweshvaraya, it is the right occasion to pledge to keep every place in the 33 districts of the State clean and free from dirt,” he opined.
Acknowledging the role played by three environmentalists for generating awareness among the masses, Sonowal said that the programme christened ‘Clean and Green Village’ started by MyGov Assam had elicited good response throughout. He also said that the spontaneous involvement of the people across the State in the environment protection measures was indeed a source of inspiration. He also called upon the people of the State to take responsibility to lend sustenance to the visionary Mission 100 Piped Water Supply Scheme launched on Saturday to give safe and pure drinking water to the people.
Public Health Engineering Minister Rihon Daimary, while speaking on the occasion, said that Swachhata Hi Seva would continue till October 2. He also said this programme was an effort to bring in cleanliness in the villages through engagement of satyagrahis. He also informed that under Swachh Bharat (Grameen), the State witnessed construction of 30 lakh toilets till September 11 and the Central Government had given 122 schemes for arsenic and fluoride free water in the State. MLA Pranab Kalita, former MLA Jyoti Prasad Das, Additional Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Kamrup DC along with the top officials of the Public Health Department were also present in the programme. Earlier, the Chief Minister also inaugurated the 2 No Rajapara piped water supply scheme. He stressed the need to properly maintain the scheme and keeping the natural beauty of the area intact.