National cleanliness day observed on Gandhi Jayanti

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October 2, 2019: Manipur observed National Cleanliness Day in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Memorial hall here on Wednesday.

Governor Najma Heptulla said that every year, the 2nd of October is observed as National Cleanliness Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The observance assumes greater significance this year because it is the 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of the Nation. Gandhiji was an apostle of peace and he led India’s freedom struggle against the British by using ‘Ahimsa’ as his most powerful weapon. He was an equally strong advocate of the cleanliness of mind and body or the environment, she added.

The governor reminded the gathering that Mahatma Gandhi stands tall in the gallery of great world leaders and thinkers. She said Gandhi belongs to the whole world and to all generations. His profound humanism is his message. A symbol of indomitable human soul power, Gandhiji firmly stood for the cause of the downtrodden and oppressed not only in India but also in other parts of the world. He lived and died for peace and welfare of mankind. His philosophy of non violent agitation and civil disobedience not only led his own country to independence but also influenced political activists throughout the world, the governor said.

Gandhiji novel mode of mass mobilization and non-violent action brought down colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty including civil, political and economic rights, and greatly influenced many a freedom struggle and inspired leaders far and wide.  He won affection and love of millions of people all over the world and from both friends and foes alike. He will be remembered as one of the greatest souls that ever walked on earth, She added.

Speaking about the Swachh Bharat Mission, the governor said that, our present Prime Minister has added a new vigour to the cleanliness drive and made it more impactful and meaningful when he launched the mission on 2nd October, 2014. He declared the day as a non holiday to the government workers and staffs and urged them to take cleanliness to their offices and work places. He also urged all the Indians to devote at least 2 hours per week to clean their surroundings.  In the 2-year long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, new schemes have been launched and awareness campaigns have been intensified to promote a clean and healthy environment all around. Such a step is the development of Swachh Campus and Jal Shakti Campus and Jal Shakti Gram under Higher Education as initiated by the Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education in areas of sanitation, hygiene and water conservation, she added.

Expressing confidence in  connection with the launching of two manuals on Swachh Campus and Jal Shakti Campus and Jal Shakti Gram as a part of this state level programme, the  governor said these will certainly help the higher educational institutions including universities, colleges and polytechnics in keeping the campus clean and in developing strategies, action plans and implementation plans for water conservation within the campus and in the villages. She also mentioned that the state of cleanliness which we maintain during the observance of the National Cleanliness Day should be made a regular way of life. It should not be just a normal observance but a wakeup call for all of us to maintain high standards of cleanliness in our homes, work places, roads, streets and public places, she said.

She appealed the gathering that while celebrating the National Cleanliness Day, we should all remember the lofty thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi and it would, indeed, be paying true homage to the Father of the Nation if we strive to keep our body, mind and soul clean.

Deputy chief minister Y.Joykumar Singh, PDS and consumer affairs, weight and measures, revenue, relief and rehabilitation Karam Shyam, MAHUD minister Th. Shyamkumar and good numbers of VIPs also attended the function.

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