SHILLONG, Oct 2 - Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan today urged the people to make Meghalaya the cleanest State of the country, just as Mawlynnong is the �cleanest village of Asia.�
Observing the 1st anniversary of Swaach Bharat Abhiyan, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti here, the Governor said, �We must try to make Meghalaya the cleanest State of the country. If a small village can become the cleanest village in Asia, Meghalaya can be the cleanest State of India,� he said at the programme held at Police Bazaar.
�It is time for action and not just mere words. We must have to give practical shape to the visions of Gandhiji,� Shanmuganathan said.
He further urged, through a pledge, that everyone should make an effort to dedicate at least 100 hours in a year to do voluntary work related to cleanliness and also inspire others to make such voluntary contribution. �I will initiate the quest for cleanliness with myself, my family, my locality, my village and my work place,� he said while administering the pledge to the gathering.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills district administration gave out awards and cash prizes to three Dorbar Shnongs for maintaining cleanliness in their respective localities.
Imphal Correspondent adds: Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 146th birth anniversary, the Manipur Government today observed the national cleanliness day by holding a function at Gandhi Memorial Hall in Imphal.
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam paid floral tributes at the statue of Gandhi at GM Hall.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi said the message of Father of the nation to live together peacefully is the need of the hour in the current situation of the State.
PTI adds from Aizawl:Mizoram Governor Lt General Nirbhay Sharma today laid wreaths at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi paying respect to the �Father of the Nation�.
People observed the day in many places by cleaning their localities and villages with local authorities and leaders of the branches of the Young Mizo Association organising the people. A peace run was organised by the Aizawl Rotary Club where hundreds of people participated. � PTI
PTI adds from Itanagar: The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh today. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Education Minister Tapang Taloh and RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Park here.
Mass prayers were also organised in different parts of the State. To mark the occasion, a cleanliness drive was organised in various districts along with the State capital. � PTI