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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Press Release No. 28/24


Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, today, launched and handed over the Waste Collection e-Vehicles to different blocks of East Jaintia Hills, Eastern West Khasi Hills, East Khasi Hills, West Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi in a program held at Madan Kurkalang, Lumdaitkhla village, Bhoirymbong in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister, Sniawbhalang Dhar, Minister, Health, Ampareen Lyngdoh, Minister, PHE, Marcuise N Marak and MLA, Umroi, Damanbait Lamare and MDC, Umroi and senior officials from PHE and Shillong Municipal Board.

In his address, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, said that the target of Swach Bharat Mission (Grameen), a national flagship programme of Government of India, is to make all villages as ODF Plus villages. Today, the State in a matter of nine months has touched 84.33 percent from just 10 percent in ODF Plus. This is because of the dedication and commitment of the government and the department to work in a saturation mode to achieve the target of becoming one of the top ten states, he said.

He also said that the distribution of the e-Vehicles to different communities is a step forward ensuring that the government works with the participation of the communities. “Once we work together with the communities with a sense of purpose and passion a visible difference can be made,” he added.

The Chief Minister also announced that commencing this quarter a day will assigned when the government and the society will come together to clean towns and villages. “Starting from this Financial Year, every quarterly, in every district, block and village, the government and every citizen will come together to renew our commitment of keeping our towns and cities clean,” he said. He further added that cleanliness has always been an integral part of tribal and Indian culture and added, “Somewhere along the way we have not been able to continue with this culture and tradition and it is about time that we renew and recommit ourselves to this tradition of our forefathers.” He also emphasized on the need to instill hygiene in the youth and the importance of keeping our surroundings clean.

In his speech, Minister, Marcuise M Marak said that the launch and handing over of the Waste e-Vehicle represents a pivotal step of the government in the commitment of realizing the vison of a clean and hygienic Meghalaya. He informed that the predicted plan for 2024-2025 includes achieving 100 percent ODF Plus, installing 1,10,240 individual household latrines with 1553 allocated for the PMAY beneficiaries, establishing 570 Community Sanitary Complex Units and implementing 18 units of Fecal Sludge Management with additional implementation of Govardhan units and Plastic Waste Management units to be set up across the state.

A total of 174 e- vehicles were handed over and the department is in the process of procuring more e-Vehicles, to different blocks of Khasi and Jaintia Hills districts. A similar program will be held for the Garo Hills region officials stated.

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