Ahead of the Diwali celebrations, the Mangaldai Municipal Board authority has initiated a series of programs to make it a pollution and risk free Green Diwali.
The National Urban Livelihood Mission is collaborating with the District Administration for public awareness surrounding the municipal area.
As a part of this initiative a mass rally was taken out in Mangaldai town on Monday. Nearly two thousand five hundred women, mostly members of Area Level Federation (ALF) of self help groups (SHG) in eye catching green attire took part in the ‘Green Rally’ throughout the main thoroughfare of Mangaldai . “Say no to crackers, say no to sound and air pollution, maintain clean and green environment’ were the slogans raised on various banners and placards.
Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman ceremonially flagged off the rally from the Municipal Board entrance in presence of several prominent dignitaries including Mangaldai legislator Guru Jyoti Das, Additional Deputy Commissioner cum Executive Officer of Mangaldai Municipality Board (MMB) Pankaj Chakravarty, Chairman Pratap Bordoloi, Mangaldai Revenue Circle Officer Dipsikha Saikia, Vice Chairman and elected ward commissioners of the Board among others.
In his inaugural address Deputy Commissioner observed the initiative of the Municipal authority to be an unique one which would spread the message of celebrating the Diwali with traditional earthen lamps instead of objects including fire crackers, plastics etc which may create any kind of pollution in the environment .
“Most of the people in our area feel the necessity of celebrating the festival in a pollution free green manner but they hesitate to come forward and today this hesitation has been overcome by the people of Mangaldai town and from Mangaldai we can spread the message to the whole State .” , he opined .
The rally was followed by a colourful competition of ‘Rangoli’ along the bank of the ‘Mangaldai Borpukhuri’ , distribution and planting of saplings and drawing contest among students.