The Swachhata Hi Seva 2021 was inaugurated recently at NEDFi Convention Centre in Guwahati.
The event was organized on September 15 as a part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsavwhich is being celebrated countrywide by the government to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
The event was attended by Ranjeet Kumar Dass, PHE and P&RD minister; Sayedin Abbasi, additional chief secretary, PHE; Hiranya Bora, deputy director general, DWSS, Govt. of India; Akash Deep, Commissioner & Secretary, PHE-cum-MD, SBM-G, Assam.
Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti decided to organise SHS 2021 from September 15, 2021 to October 2, 2021 across India and to undertake various activities and events as a part of the Mahotsav.
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In Assam, the SHS 2021 launch will be followed by a series of activities like ‘Satyagrah se Swachhagrah Rath Yatra’, ‘Shramdaan’, ‘Swachhata Jagriti Yatra’ (Rallies), ‘Award and Recognition of Swachhata Champions’ and Samvad with Gram Panchayats.
The event will finally culminate on October 2, 2021 with the celebration of the Swachh Bharat Diwas.
The event started with the welcome address by Akash Deep, MD, SBM-G, Assam where he elaborated on the objective of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, SHS, Swachh Surveykshan and Swachh Bharat Diwas.
Speaking on the occasion, Hiranya Bora, deputy director general, DWSS, said, “The success of any mission depends on sustaining it and ultimately achieving the desired objectives.”
“Swachh Bharat Mission has been able to do that. The mission transformed into a Jan Andolan as people started to became aware about the importance of sanitation and hygiene,” Bora said.
“I am looking forward to the Swachh Survekshan (Grameen) Survey, as I am confident of the good work done and that we will be able to increase our position in the overall state’s ranking,” he added.
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Bora urged the people of Assam to participate and give their honest feedback in the survey and help support the state.
Swachhata Hi Seva, an initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission, aims to generate greater public participation reinforcing the concept of sanitation as everyone’s business.
This year, SHS aims to encourage people to understand the importance of a clean environment and inculcate the practice of systematic management of solid and liquid waste.
This will require participation from each stakeholder of the mission at every level starting from state to
district to Gram Panchayat, villages, community to the individual level to involve and work together to make every village ODF Plus.
Commenting on the initiatives of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Assam, PHE minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass said, “Swachh Bharat Mission has been working for the betterment of the society by raising people’s standard of living through sanitation, hygiene and safe water leading to economic upliftment and better health.”
“In the villages of Assam, Swachhata Hi Seva has been a part of the culture and everyday life. But due to urbanization this practice was seen to be fading away.”
“With the initiation of Swachh Bharat Mission, the wave of cleanliness and hygiene has once again come back and has turned into a Jan Andolan. To create massive awareness on ODF plus we have planned for a lot of activities under the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign,” he further said.
This was followed by flagging off the “Satyagrah se Swachhagrah Rath Yatra” which will travel across all districts of Assam to create awareness about ODF sustainability and proper segregation, collection and disposal of both solid and liquid waste.
A Shramdaan activity was also conducted as part of the launch event at Tatimara, by DWSC Kamrup (Metro).
The activity included waste collection & transportation and also foundation of soak pit for grey water management in nearby locality.