CM flags off Swachhata Raths to launch cleanliness programme
Governor KK Paul underlined the need for further engendering the ‘Clean India Mission’ by organising programmes like ‘Swachhata Hee Sewa’.dehradun Updated: Sep 15, 2017 20:36 IST
DEHRADUN: Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Friday launched a fortnight long statewide ‘Swachhata Hee Sewa’ (Service through cleanliness) programme by flagging off one each Swachhata Rath (mechanised vehicles) to Kumaon and Garhwal from his camp office at the Cantonment area.
He urged the people to take seriously the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship scheme introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Uttarakhand is the fourth Open Defecation Free state in the country,” an official release quoted him as saying. Similarly, all the urban areas would be declared open defecation free by March 2018, Rawat said.
Governor KK Paul underlined the need for further engendering the ‘Clean India Mission’ by organising programmes like ‘Swachhata Hee Sewa’. He said in the past three years educational institutions have done an excellent job by taking the Clean India Mission forward in the past three years. In that connection, he appreciated G B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology for obtaining top ranking on the parameters set for the ‘Clean India Mission.’
Water resource minister Prakash Pant said everybody from villagers to top officers had associated themselves with the ‘Clean India Mission since it was launched in 2014. “Society plays a key role in making any campaign of this type a success.”
SMOKING BANNED IN SECRETARIAT
Meanwhile, the state government has imposed a blanket ban on smoking or eating guthka on the campus of the secretariat here. “Any person who would be caught smoking or spitting substance like guthka would be levied a fine of Rs 100,” an official note quoted a secretariat official as saying. “A constant watch is being maintained (on everybody on the secretariat campus) through CCTV and anti-spitting cameras,” the note reads.