Shillong, September 2017: As part of the nationwide observance of Swachhta Hi Seva, the District Water and Sanitation Mission in collaboration with the PHE Department organized the Samagra Swachhta at Mattilang Park, Laitmynsaw village under Mylliem C&RD Block on 25th September, 2017.
Meghalaya Governor, Shri Banwarilal Purohit graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor of Meghalaya, Shri Banwarilal Purohit said that Swachh Bharat Mission reflects the desire of a common man to clean their surroundings to make it a more liveable place to live in. He also informed the gathering that the forthnight-long Swachhta Hi Seva campaign was launched by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Ishwari Ganj village in Kanpur on 15th September, 2017 and will culminate on the 2nd October, 2017 on the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Citing the example of Mawlynnong village which is the cleanest village in Asia, Shri Banwarilal Purohit said that it is the result of the concerted effort of all the residents which has brought the village into the limelight. “Cleanliness is a multi-stakeholder movement and together we should make the effort to clean our houses, public places, villages and cities. Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be an appropriate tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. It is the call of the country to all the citizens of Meghalaya to come forward for the cause and practice cleanliness and sanitation to make the State clean and green”, he added.
Urban Affairs Minister and Local MLA, Shri R. V. Lyngdoh in his brief speech highlighted about the importance of the Swachh Bharat Mission and said that Swachhta Hi Seva campaign aims at cleanliness and the mission to carry forward the vision of Mahatma Gandhi, that of a clean India.
During the function, the Governor of Meghalaya also distributed prizes to the winners of the essay and painting competition organized under the Swachh Sankalp Se Swachh Siddhi and also unveiled the plaque declaring the Mylliem C&RD Block as Open Defecation Free (ODF). The Governor also during the programme let the gathering in taking the Swachhta Hi Seva Pledge.
Local MDC, Smti T. Thangkhiew, Principal Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, PHE Department, Shri D. P. Wahlang, Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, PHE Department & Mission Director, Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Meghalaya, Shri W. R. Lyngdoh and Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District & Chairman, DWSM, Shri P. S. Dkhar, Rangbah Shnongs, students and teachers of various schools also attended the function.