Kohima, March 09 (NE): Chief Secretary Nagaland, Temjen Toy IAS expressed that Solid Waste Management has not been given much attention and as per survey, Toy noted that it was shocking to learn about the lack of basic civic sense specially in the remote areas. He said this during his visit and inspection of the newly installed Hydraulic Bailing Press Machine and Material Recovery Facility Unit under Chumukedima Town Council on March 7, 2020.
Noting that Solid Waste Management and treatment of sewage has become a big issue, Temjen Toy observed that it was not just the job of the Government but felt an urgent need for the people to learn about civic sense. “Time has come to be more responsible and for which Urban and Municipal department would be initiating a number of actions to be taken up,” he mentioned. He lauded the Chumukedima Town Council for taking the leadership where in waste are being segregated and bailed from the Material Recovery Facility Center and encouraged them to continue in their effort, said a report by DIPR.
Temjen mentioned that he was satisfied with the initiative of Chumukedima and based on that, he assured that Material Recovery Facility would be established in all the district headquarters, and also to address the problems faced by the Karamcharis. He appreciated the role of the Karamcharis for working with dedication despite the health hazards they go through and said that their working conditions and welfare in the form of insurance, health and housing would be addressed.
Principal Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Himato Zhimomi who was also present emphasized on the urgent need for recycling of bio medical waste. Recycling of bio medical waste must be accorded top priority, Himato asserted. Informing that the department has submitted a concept paper for making Chumukedima a model waste recycling unit in Nagaland, Himato said that once the concept note is passed by the Government, Chumukedima would be a model town for all the other towns to emulate. Echoing on the same line of CS Nagaland, Himato said, “No matter what we do, unless civic sense comes in and people participates in this venture, we will not achieve green and clean Nagaland.”
It may be noted that installation of Bailing press machines has been initiated by Swachhata Hi Seva Committee with Jt. Secretary Urban Development, Elizabeth Ngully as Convenor, Under Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal, Rongsenmenla as member Secretary and other officers from line departments as committee members. Altogether, 11 bailing machines for all the districts has been bought and ULBs has been given assistance for construction of Material Recovery Facility. The initiative is being taken by the State in compliance to Free Plastic Movement and National Green Tribunal.
DC Dimapur Anoop Kinchi IAS, EAC, Chumukedima, officials from Urban Development department, GBs and Chumukedima Town council members accompanied the Chief Secretary Nagaland during his visit.