Imphal, the 29th September 2017 (DIPR): Cleanliness is not limited to any person or place, it is the responsibility of everyone to keep themselves clean as well as their surroundings to make India a clean India in the real sense. This was stated by Manipur Governor of Dr. Najma Heptullah at the inaugural function of Swachh Bharat Week at Indira Gandhi National Tribal University Regional Campus, Makhan, Manipur in Kangpokpi District. The celebration of Swachh Bharat Week was begins from 25th September will conclude on 2nd October, 2017.

Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Governor said that during the week long programme, a series of activities will focus on a number of subjects and the organisers deserve commendation for choosing some pressing issues for deliberation. She further said that Swachh Bharat Mission, a clean India campaign is the responsibility of of all of us. It is a mass movement launched by the Government of India under the leadership of our Prime Minister to make India, a Clean India by 2019. It was the dream of the Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi for the people to maintain swachhta for a healthy and prosperous life. Unfortunately, it has not been so effective before because of the lack of awareness and cooperation of the people, lack of supervision of concerned Departments, lack of accountability of the concerned people, lack of dedication and sincerity among the Government machineries.

The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on 2nd October, 2014, the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, popularly known as Bapu and it is aimed to be completed on 2nd of October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Bapu. Cleanliness is holiness and this mission is intended to cover all the rural and urban areas for maisntaining cleanliness all over the country.

One important component of the Swachh Bharat Mission campaign is elimination of open defecation in the country. Manipur is well advanced on this front and large parts of the State have been declared as open defecation free. A huge positive of open defecation free is that it can keep the people healthy and check crime against women i the rural areas. Further, maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene in India would bring great opportunities in the country to enhance its economic status by improving tourism as well as keeping the citizens healthy and happy. Cleanliness would keep everyone happy and healthy in all respects physically, mentally, socially and intellectually by reducing the chance of diseases. The State Government has taken up various activities during the Swachh Bharat campaign t keep our environment clean.

The Governor was impressed by the intitiative taken by the University to celebrate Swachh Bharat and hope it will continue on regular basis. The efforts will keep the campus clean and green by strengthening the existing forest cover and also by developing new green cover in the campus.

Later, Governor  planted a tree which was also attended by faculty and students of the University. The celebration of Swachh Bharat Week was graced by Prof. N. Rajmuhon Singh, Vice President, BEENET, Manipur & Dean, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Manipur University as President, Prof. Sarungbam Birendra Singh, Director, National Institute of Technology, Manipur as Guest of Honour in presence of Prof. Ramjeevan Singh Thakur, Director, IGNTU-RCM. The celebration was organised by Eco-Club, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Regional Campus, Manipur in collaboration with Biodiversity, Ecology and Environment Network, Manipur.

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