The members of VDB Thahekhu undertook an exposure cum study tour to Meghalaya and Assam from August 29 to September 2 which was organized and sponsored by VDB Thahekhu..
The 12 member team consisting of village level workers, job card holders, gram Sevak under the guidance of VDB secretary visited the villages and places of ecological interests, rural farming, cottage industries and also to study the implementation of rural development schemes especially MNREGA schemes.
The team visited Mannylong village, under East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya which is renowned for being the cleanest Village in Asia.
The village is about 70 kms away from Shillong located at the edge of Meghalaya plateau overlooking Bangladesh in the western side.
On reaching the village the team was accorded by one of the Village Dorbar (Village Council) member who facilitated them with all the information about the village, such as social and administrative systems, developments and managements.
According to Vitohe Chishi, VDB Secretary, Thahekhu Village, Medziphema RD Block, Dimapur, no wastes are allowed to litter inside the village with toilet and proper garbage system for every household.
In Mannylong, the Village Dorbar employs women folks who regularly sweep any fallen leaves and twigs on the village streets. Dustbins are kept at every nook and corner which are emptied everyday by the villagers and are hygienically disposed. The decomposed bio degradable wastes are then used as bio manures while non-degradable plastic wastes are dumped separately. Implementation of NREGS schemes and other rural development activities were also studied.
The village employment council, ‘VDB’ as one calls in Nagaland, is the implementing agency of NREGS at the Village level and the VEC Secretary along with the Village Dorbar carry out the implementation of the programmes and schemes.
Some of the distinguishing features of the village was that the village has total number of 85 households with total literacy rate with agriculture as the main occupation, while for some, the source of livelihood is tourism.
The team also visited many other places like R.K. Mission Cottage industry and Lime industry at Cherrapunjee, Mawphlang Sacred Grove of centuries preserved forest, Brahmaputra River Valley project.
The exposure trip provided the members with a good deal of knowledge and focus on rural development, sanitation, environment conservation and nature preservation and many benefiting undertakings.