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NE states remember Gandhi on his birth anniversary

NE states remember Gandhi on his birth anniversary
Manipur Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, in Imphal, Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondents/IANS IMPHAL/Shillong/Agartala, Oct 2 | Publish Date: 10/2/2019 11:41:38 AM IST

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, various activities and cleanliness drives were conducted in Imphal, Shillong and Itanagar on Wednesday. 

Manipur government observed National Cleanliness Day by holding a function at Imphal’s Gandhi Memorial Hall. Manipur Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla led the people in offering floral tribute to the statue of father of nation erected at Imphal’s Gandhi Memorial Hall.

“Gandhiji was an apostle of peace and he led India’s freedom struggle against the British by using ‘Ahimsa’ as his most powerful weapon. He was an equally strong advocate of the cleanliness of mind and body or the environment,” the Governor said in her address. She reminded that Gandhiji stood tall in the gallery of great world leaders and thinkers and said that he belonged to the whole world and to all generations. His philosophy of non-violent agitation and civil disobedience not only led his own country to independence but also influenced political activists throughout the world, the Governor claimed. The Governor said that for Gandhiji, political independence of India was not the end but was the beginning of real freedom - economic freedom of the country.   State deputy chief minister Y Joykumar Singh, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam and forest minister Th Shyamumar were among others who attended the function. Manipur Congress also observed the day by holding rally from Imphal Congress Bhavan to MG Avenue where former chief minister O Ibobi Singh and MPCC president Gaikhangam led the Congress leaders and workers in paying floral tribute to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that his government was encouraging people to collect plastic waste and the same will be sold to a cement plant which will consume plastic as fuel instead of coal.  “We have decided to take up cleanliness and the issue of plastic pollution and link it with the larger subject of environmental degradation and preventive measures for a cleaner and pollution free environment,” Sangma said at a gathering in the main secretariat premises after paying tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.  The government and other stakeholders also conducted cleaning drives across the state to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He said all villagers have been encouraged to collect plastic waste and the government has also banned the use of single-use plastics and plastic water bottles. Lauding the efforts of the different cement companies that are partnering with the Meghalaya government so that the State benefits through their various CSR activities, Sangma said Topcem and Dalmia cement plants have embarked on the initiative to turn plastic waste into fuel for their cement plants at the same time ensure that all the environmental standards are maintained. The Chief Minister said that 17 tons of waste plastic collected by rag pickers and village level volunteers across Meghalaya will be consumed by Dalmia cements as fuel for producing clinkers. The cement company will pay Rs 30 per kg directly to the scrap dealer engaged by the Swachh Bharat Mission office for collection and transportation of waste plastic. The cement factory has been retrofitted to consume plastics in place of coal.

The Meghalay state pollution control board will monitor the ambience air quality after burning the plastic waste so that no harmful emission takes place, Sangma said. He  said the government has also embarked on an initiative to use plastic in road construction and the government is hopeful that it will be able to scale this up in the future 

Tripura: People from various walks of life in Tripura led by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday. Deb led a huge ‘prabhat-ferry’ (procession in the morning) here and participated in ‘Shramdan’ (work for the society) and ‘Swachhata Abhijan’ (cleanliness campaign).

Deb, who is also the President of Tripura state Bharatiya Janata Party, while addressing a seminar urged the people to participate in the state government’s mission to create a ‘Swachha Tripura’ (clean Tripura). “Gandhiji’s dream of self-reliance through self-employment is still a reality of the present time.

On the occasion, the first ‘Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Award’ was conferred on renowned Gandhian, late Chitta Ranjan Deb, who died in October last year at the age of 87 years. The opposition Congress also organised a ‘Padyatra’ (foot march) and various other programmes on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The party will continue to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Father of the Nation till October 9.

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