Minister PHED, Jacob Zhimomi, launched the “Swachhata Hi Seva” in Nagaland today

Kohima, September 11: Jacob Zhimomi, Minister PHED, Nagaland officially launched the “Swachhata Hi Seva” – “Cleanliness is Service” program under the theme “Plastic Waste Shramdaan” on September 11, 2019 at DC’s Conference Hall Kohima, Nagaland.

Talking at the launch programme, Jacob Zhimomi highlighted the importance of sanitation and how it goes hand in hand with development of the state as a whole. He called upon every individual to come together and work collectively towards a cleaner Nagaland. He further urged the department of Urban Development to work towards declaring the State of Nagaland as Open Defecation Free State at the earliest.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in his tweet said; Six weeks long Swachhata Hi Sewa campaign has been launched in Nagaland in response to the clarion call given by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a Swachh Bharat. Let’s continue to work towards a Clean and Green Nagaland

Thangi Mannen, Rtd. Commissioner & Secretary and Convener, Zero Waste Himalaya Nagaland gave the keynote address wherein she delved into more details of the six week long program of “Swachhata Hi Seva” (SHS) starting from 11th September 2019 and ending on 27th October 2019. She mentioned that the SHS campaign aims at fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi’s dream for a clean India by mobilizing the masses and reinforcing “Jan Andolan” or “a people’s movement” towards sanitation and Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) is celebrated annually since 2017as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals by mobilizing millions of people in creating awareness on access to safe sanitation, toilet usage, triggering behaviour change on cleanliness and sharmdaan (voluntary contribution/service) at public places.

Taking cognizance of the menace of single use plastics, the theme of this year’s SHS, 2019 is on plastic waste management. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech on 15th August 2019 made a clarion call to free India from single use plastics and called for a significant step to be made by 2nd October, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by all concerned. The SHS 2019 will begin on 11th September wherein large scale awareness and mass mobilization of plastic waste collection and disposal will be undertaken. The SHS 2019 will be undertaken in three phases with the first phase being the preparatory and awareness generation period: the second phase will be on 2nd October (150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) which will be marked by a mass social work on plastic waste collection; the third and final phase will begin on 3rd October which will be marked by collection, segregation and transportation of collected plastic waste for recycling and disposal.

Elizabeth Ngully, Joint Secretary, Urban Development chaired the launch programme while Wonthungo Tsopoe Director School Education pronounced the vote of thanks.

(News Source: DIPR)