Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh has appealed to the public not to dump waste materials at improper sites on the occasion of National Cleanliness Day observed by paying homage to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, at the Gandhi Memorial Hall, here.
The chief minister reacted against dumping waste on ponds, streets, rivers, lakes, to keep localities clean and hygienic.
He addressed the need to maintain proper Solid Waste Management on a micro level and maintain Solid Waste dumping sites in all districts under the watch and supervision of the district commissioners in coordination with the local MLAs.
“Until we maintain small-scale dumping sites in the districts, it will be hard to control dumping of garbage or waste into our rivers,” the chief minister said.
MAHUD, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister Y. Khemchand said, “Today several organisations, local youth groups are launching various Clean Imphal, Clean Manipur, Clean Loktak Lake campaigns, however, unless we all become aware of the issue, we cannot keep our surroundings and environment clean.”
The chief minister led others at a wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
He highlighted the contributions made by the Father of Nation for the country and in achieving independence from the British. “The Father of the Nation is today revered across the world because of his non-violent movement.”
He said the non-violent movement is crucial in maintaining peace and is supported by people across the world as today there are many countries which could destroy the world with single bombs.
This year the state is celebrating the 153rd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the chief minister said, adding that it was on October 2, 2014 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Biren said, “The ideals and beliefs of Mahatma Gandhi are meaningless if we are unable to implement them or turn them into actions.” Today, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, various schemes for the welfare of the people including construction of sanitary latrines and provision of drinking water are being taken up across the country, he added.
Ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Awangbou Newmai, Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh, Heikham Dingo and Kashim Vashum, MP Rajya Sabha Maharaj Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, other high ranking civil and police officials also attended the function.
Artists of the Shri Shri Bal Mukanda Dev Government Music College performed the opening and closing songs.