SHILLONG: Bellinda Kharsati, a resident of Pomlahier village under Mawryngkneng C&RD Block, was presented with the prestigious National Award under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) for her contribution towards achieving the goal of Swacch Bharat.
Bellinda Kharsati received the award at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi from the Minister of Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Government of India.
Kharsati, who is 50 years of age and teacher by profession, has relentlessly pursued the goal of a green and clean environment by making it mandatory for students under her tutelage to ensure cleanliness not only in the school premises but also in the village.
To achieve the goal of a clean green environment, she has started an eco club among her students and every Friday, the students would be sensitized on maintaining cleanliness and engage in cleaning drives.
She has been instrumental in leading the village, particularly the women folk, towards achieving the goal of Swacch Bharat through cleaning drives and afforestation programmes.
She has rendered her valuable time towards motivating fellow women folk and villagers towards maintaining cleanliness not only in the village but also in the surrounding areas.
Kharsati is also credited to have introduced organic farming among the farmers of her village. She pioneered the formation of an all women SHG called the Pomlahier Organic Farmers SHG that has recently undertaken organic farming under the MGNREGA scheme.