‘Swachhta Hi Seva’, an initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission, aims to generate greater public participation, reinforce the concept of “sanitation as everyone’s business” and culminate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth year celebration with a nationwide campaign.
Rural Development, SBM (G) Cell, is organising SHS 2022 from 15th September 2022 to 2nd October 2022 across Sikkim. Hon’ble Minister, Rural Development Department, Ven Shri Sonam Lama participated in the cleanliness drive from Tashi View Point towards Mangan State Highway. He was accompanied by Principal Secretary, Rural Development Department, Shri C.S.Rao (IFS) and Mission Director, SBM (G), Mrs Sarika Pradhan along with all officers from the Rural Development Department. The event was organised by the SBM (G) Cell in coordination with BDO Office and local Panchayats.
Speaking on the occasion, Ven Shri Sonam Lama, “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 Sikkim, Swachhata Hi Seva has been a part of the culture and everyday life. But due to urbanization this practice seems 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. I appeal to everyone to come forward and support this.”
Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) campaign is celebrated during 15th September to 2nd of October every year for undertaking shramdaan activities aiming to generate janandolan through community participation; to provide impetus on implementation of SBMG Phase-II; to disseminate the importance of a Sampoorn Swachh village; to reinforce the concept of Sanitation as everyone’s business; and to commemorate Swachh Bharat Diwas (2nd October) with nationwide participation. This year, Statewide Campaign is being launched on visual cleanliness of villages during “Swachhata Hi Seva” (SHS) to clean up the garbage/waste dumped around in the villages from 15th September to 2nd October, 2022. The focus of this year’s Swachhata Hi Seva is towards managing the legacy waste at garbage vulnerable sites in the villages. The following activities are being encouraged during SHS 2022:-
• Visual cleanliness in villages.
• Cleaning of garbage vulnerable sites in the villages.
• Community awareness for segregation of waste (dry and wet) at source.
• Construction of waste collection & segregation sheds/centres.
• Purchasing waste collection vehicle like tricycle/E-cart (Battery Operated Vehicle) through GeM.
• Door to door collection of non-biodegradable waste like plastics.
• Keeping the areas near water bodies clean and doing tree plantation around them.
• Generate awareness about the ill effects of Single Use Plastics (SUP) by organizing Gram Sabha meetings and passing resolutions for ban on SUPs’.
• Sarpanch Samvads on ODF plus elements, and
• Slogan writing/pledge taking for “No Littering”.
The Hon’ble Minister in his address, called on all present for active participation during the Swacchhata Hi Sewa Campaign and to extensively propagate the message of cleanliness in every nook and corner. He spoke on the activities that are to be undertaken during the campaign period and expressed his hope that like in the past, this year too, the celebration would be infused with all enthusiasm and fervor.
He also expressed his appreciation to all the officers of the department and the Hon’ble Gram Panchayats of Navey Shotak GP and staff from from the Head Office RDD and BAC Kabi and also every other person present for their active participation.
The programme concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri Himmat Rai, Joint Secretary, SBM-G