Dimapur, September 16: Dimapur on Monday joined the rest of the country with the launching of “Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) – Cleanliness is Service” campaign at the district level here Conference Hall, Deputy Commissioner Office, Dimapur.
DC Dimapur Kevekha Kevin Zehol, Rtd. Commissioner Secretary and convenor of Zero Waste Himalaya Nagaland Thangi Mannen, GBs, government officials and representatives from different organizations were present in the official launching of the programme which aim to reduce and eliminate the use of single-use plastic and management of domestic waste.
Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, Mannen highlighted the aspects of the campaign and how plastic is impacting the environment and lives of both humans and animals.
She called it a human caused phenomenon and reiterated that the use of single-use plastic is going to be banned on September 18 in the state, and by the year 2022 the whole country is going “plastic-free” according to the roadmap of the central government.
She stressed on the importance of segregation of waste and said that it is time for people to segregate their garbage. She mentioned that while many volunteer organizations lately have been carrying out cleanliness drives, these however are not going to solve the problem.
She said that if there is a need for waste management training, they should be approached, and at the same time asked people to upload their works on cleanliness on swachhmanch.in.
She asked people to refrain from buying products that use plastic packaging in many layers and instead use local products as well as to be cautious of polypropylene bags which looks and feels like clothes but are plastic.
She said that if such bags are found, the responsible authorities should be informed.
Previously, the Deputy Commissioner, who chaired the programme, said that while in past plastic was still in use by differentiating them on the basis of microns, it is not the case this time and the single-use plastic ought to go.
Mannen had also informed that consecutively, the campaign will be launched in all the districts of the state.
Tuensang: With the initiative of the Tuensang Town Council, Deputy Commissioner Tuensang, Mohammed Ali Shihab launched Swachhata Hi Seva (Cleanliness is Service) at CKS Hall Tuensang on September 16.
The programme was launched with the theme “Plastic Waste Shramdaan” and it was attended by representatives of all the wards, school students and several NGOs.
Shihab expressed concern on the plastic waste management and advised all to be very keen on plastic waste disposals. He exhorted that all the public should understand the concept of sustainability, so that our future generations should have equal accessibility to the quality environment like we enjoy today; and also our excessive consumption shall not hamper our future.
(Page News Service)