‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign launched in Nagaland

‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign launched in Nagaland
(2nd from L) Jacob Zhimimo and other officials during the launch of SHS 2019 in Kohima on Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/11/2019 10:53:25 AM IST

Nagaland joined the rest of the country in launching the “Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign — a cleanliness initiative — on Wednesday. Nagaland PHED minister Jacob Zhimomi launched the campaign as special guest at conference hall, deputy commissioner (DC) Kohima.

Speaking at the launching programme, the minister said the development encompassed not only good building, road and bridges, but having clean and hygienic environment, clean household and sanitation system, which he said were integral part of the development. 

Extending full support of the department towards the movement to end single use plastics in the state, Zhimomi stressed on the need to declare the urban areas as Open Defecation Free (ODF). The minister urged the responsible department to take the initiative to achieve this goal. He also sought cooperation of everyone for the success of the programme.

Highlighting on the Swachhata Hi Seva (SHS) campaign, Thangi Mannen, convenor Zero Waste Himalaya Nagaland, informed that SHS 2019 will run from September 11 to October 27, 2019 wherein a large scale awareness and mass mobilization of plastic waste collection would be undertaken. 

During this period, she said all the state/UTs would organize large scale citizen engagement activities for awareness generation and community mobilization through voluntary service of clean and green drives, cleanliness pledges, cleanliness rallies etc in three phases.

During phase I (from September 11 to October 1), there would be the predatory and awareness generation period. Phase II (October 2 marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) would be marked with mass social voluntary work of plastic waste collection and phase III (from October 27) would be marked with collection, segregation, transportation for recycling and disposal-leading to a plastic free Diwali. 

There would be a daily update of the progress of the SHS from all the districts, which will be uploaded in the government/ministry portal at, she informed.

Mannen said these activities would require the participation of all government departments, organizations in both the state and district levels, urban and rural areas, NGOs, individuals, business communities, religious institutions, schools, colleges etc. 

In this regard, necessary directions would be issued by the government to all concern to ensure the active participation and involvement of all, in taking the state toward a plastic free Nagaland.


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