GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - Assam joined the rest of the country in a fortnight-long sanitation campaign with Governor Banwarilal Purohit launching the �Swachhata Hi Seva� campaign at the Rajdhar Bora Higher Secondary School at Azara here. The campaign will highlight the Centre�s flagship cleanliness initiative �Swachh Bharat Abhiyan�.
Launching the campaign, Purohit called upon the people to participate in the campaign. The objective of the campaign is to mobilise people and reinforce the jan aandolan for sanitation to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi�s dream of a clean India. The initiative is being coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for conceptualising the campaign, the Governor said the campaign would help encourage large-scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life for a clean environment.
Purohit said, �Assam is primarily a tourist hotspot where people from all over the country and abroad flock to enjoy its verdant natural beauties. A concerted effort on the part of all sections of society will help the State brand itself as a clean, green and serene State.� He also informed that the campaign would culminate on October 2, synchronising with the birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
The Governor further said that roads, bylanes and market places should be kept clean and shopkeepers in the markets should mandatorily place a garbage bin outside their shops. Public Health Engineering Minister Rihon Daimary administered the �Swachhata Hi Seva� pledge and said this cleanliness campaign shall be carried out in all the districts of the State and sought mass participation and cooperation to make the campaign a success.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary VB Pyarelal, Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu, Mission Director of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Siddharth Singh, Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Vinod Seshan along with a host of other dignitaries were present at the inaugural function.