GUWAHATI, Oct 5 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today wielded the broom to launch an extensive �Clean Assam� campaign in Guwahati city and announced that the Government would constitute a Green Brigade and permanent committees to keep the localities neat and clean. Awards will be given for cleanliness drives.
Leading the campaign from the front to give it the necessary backing, motivation and impetus, Chief Minister Gogoi said that the Government would take up the cleanliness drive on a mission mode across the nook and corner of the State. �We launched the Clean Guwahati Campaign in February, 2012 in front of Cotton College, Jail Road, Manipuri Basti and other places. However, the campaign did not continue for long. But this time, the cleanliness drive will be a continuous process in Guwahati and other parts of the State,� he said at Ganeshguri Chariali, where he formally kicked off the campaign, said an official release.
The Chief Minister, while appealing to the citizens to keep the city clean and green, said that cleanliness was next to godliness and this was what the sages and prophets of all the religions of the world have taught their adherents. �As we take proper care of our body and wear clean clothes, so also we must keep our surroundings clean to keep diseases at bay,� he said.
Appreciating the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gogoi said, �We support any good cause and our Government with the help of public organisations, NGOs, puja mandaps and individuals would make an all-out endeavour to make Assam clean and green,� he said adding that the campaign would begin in all educational institutions, government offices and public institutions in a phased manner. Indeed, the chief minister had begun his innings on a right note by directing all ministers, MLAs, deputy commissioners and senior officials of concerned departments to free the puja mandaps and environment of junk and dirt.
The chief minister then proceeded to Latasil playground where he was joined by various NGOs, public organisations and prominent citizens. Gogoi emphasised on the need to keep the drains of Guwahati city clean to ensure smooth flow of water. �One of the reasons for Guwahati flood was due to clogging of drains. If we keep the drains free from garbage and filth, it will help to mitigate the problem to a great extent,� he said, while wielding a broom and sweeping the playground.
The chief minister handed over the keys of garbage disposal vehicles to NGOs for various wards under the Guwahati Municipal Corporation.
Gogoi then headed towards Fancy Bazar riverfront where he announced the setting up of a Green Brigade and permanent committees to keep the various localities clean. �We will constitute a Green Brigade and permanent committees to keep the localities neat and clean. Awards will be given for cleanliness drives,� he added.
Lauding the cleanliness drive by different puja mandaps across the State, Gogoi said, �It�s augurs well that the puja samitis have responded to my appeal to keep the puja mandaps and surroundings clean. If we all come forward and join hands together, the day is not far off when Guwahati, the gateway to the North-east, and other parts of the State would become neat and clean.�