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Contribute to cause of cleanliness outside offices: Governor to govt employees

PANAJI: Appreciating the efforts being made by the employees of state and central government departments towards cleanliness under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, the Governor Mridula Sinha felt that they should also contribute to the cause of cleanliness outside their offices.

She cited the example of the Raj Bhavan, where the officers and staff, after cleaning up the campus, also conducted/conduct cleanliness drives outside.

She emphasised that cleanliness should be considered as a matter of culture.

Purity of mind, body and intellect are essential for leading a healthy and happy life, she added.

The Governor also underscored the need for strict enforcement of the law and punishing of those who violate it. She suggested that CCTVs could be installed at places where people illegally dump garbage. She also suggested to examine the feasibility of making the relevant law more stronger.

Governor has also suggested that the government department officials could motivate the people in nearby localities on maintaining cleanliness.

Sinha was speaking to heads of state and central government departments at a meeting at Raj Bhavan recently on the issue of awareness and ‘Swachha Bharat Abhiyan’.

The Governor said that though the guests coming to Raj Bhavan do say that Goa is cleaner than other places, she expressed her desire that there should be further improvements, and sought the co-operation and contribution from all sections of the society.

The Nehru Yuvak Kendra and NCC could make a major contribution in this regard, she added.
While concluding the speech, the Governor expressed her desire that Goa should be the cleanest State in the country by 2016 itself.

Earlier, the Governor expressed her happiness over the presence of the officers who came for the meeting. She sought to know from the participants as to what they have done and also to give suggestions in pursuance of this national programme.

Some other officers also informed the Governor about the cleanliness systems evolved by them in their departments and also expressed their observations about the unhygienic conditions prevailing in some places.

 One of them suggested that a high-level committee consisting of both the collectors and other senior officers could be formed to effectively monitor the position and take strict action against those who violate the law for illegal dumping of garbage at public places and thereby creating nuisance.

Earlier, welcoming the invitees, Shilpa Shinde, IAS, Secretary to Governor, stated that Sinha is a brand  ambassador of ‘Swachha Bharat Abhiyan’ (SBA) nominated by the Prime Minister. She gave a brief account of the initiatives and steps taken by the Governor and the events participated by her during the last 19 months, after her nomination.

Shinde also informed that the Governor has announced an award of Rs 1 lakh to the cleanest city among the five cities adopted by Governor (Panaji, Mapusa, Ponda, Margao and Vasco) by December 2016. The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair.

Source:http://www.navhindtimes.in/contribute-to-cause-of-cleanliness-outside-offices-governor-to-govt-employees/

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