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CM vows to make Assam one of the cleanest states in the country

CM vows to make Assam one of the cleanest states in the country

CM vows to make Assam one of the cleanest states in the country

Dispur, February 16: Saying that all religions teach us to be clean and to make cleanliness and hygiene a habit for life, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that only clean thoughts can lead to clean deeds.

Taking part in Assam Conference on Sanitation (ASCOSAN) 2017, a major event of Swachh Bharat Mission organised by Public Health Engineering Department in association with UNICEF and other line departments of State and Central Government at Veterinary College Ground at Khanapara in the city, Chief Minister Sonowal made the remark today.

While thanking the faith leaders of different religions under the umbrella of Global Interfaith Wash Alliance (GIWA) for taking part in the event, Sonowal said that 5 lakh 60 thousand toilets have been built in the state as part of Swachh Bharat Mission and another 17 lakh toilets will be built in the next few years to achieve the goal of making Assam an Open defecation Free (ODF) state. He also said that religious leaders have a key role to play in making the people aware about the need of adopting a hygienic lifestyle and good sanitary practices to improve the quality of life.

Reiterating that Swachh Bharat was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 with the aim of making India clean, Sonowal said that the State Government is making all efforts to make Swachh Bharat a reality in Assam in the earliest possible time. Stating that cleanliness is next to godliness Sonowal urged the Deputy Commissioners and Panchayat Presidents to commit themselves to the cause of making their districts and panchayat areas clean zones where the people adopt hygiene and sanitation practices as a way of life.

Saying that the youth power is a major power for every country Sonowal stated that the government has taken several new initiatives for creating awareness and promoting sanitation in every village, every school, every college and all public places.

Saying that to overcome the challenge of water supply and sanitation in tea gardens and char areas the government is making all efforts and Sonowal said that to foster a spirit of competition among the districts and villages Champion Deputy Commissioner and Champion Panchayat President awards are instituted where best performance in the field of sanitation would be awarded.

Former Deputy Commissioner of Sivasagar Birendra Mittal received the award for Lakuwa Block in Sivasagar which was declared the first ODF Block in the state. As community involvement has the proven record of sustaining cleanliness of villages, a state and district level Cleanest Village Award has been initiated from this year to encourage the communities. Rangsapara in Goalpara District was awarded as the cleanest village in the state for 2016-17.

Three journalists were also awarded for their contribution to cleanliness and hygiene practices through news reporting.

Central Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Jigajinagi, State PHED Minister Rihan Daimary, Minister for Cultural Affairs Naba Kumar Doley, Minister for Science and Technology Keshab Mahanta, Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia along with top officials of UNICEF and other government departments were present on the occasion.