Editorial

Towards cleanliness

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/8/2019 11:56:09 AM IST

 There is definitely an urgent need to create a clean and hygienic environment in Nagaland as reflected by littering in every town. A clean environment reflects the progressive society that knows how to care of itself. The decision purportedly made by the ruling PDA coalition towards promoting cleanliness is welcome. To add some inspiration, the cabinet also decided to give reward to the cleanest village, town, colony etc. What the reward is was not disclosed by chief minister Neiphiu Rio when he made the announcement at the first annual thanksgiving day of the ruling coalition. Actually, a clean environment is also supposed to be towards a green environment that involves informed consumption, conservation practices and investment in renewable energy. However, achieving cleanliness is certainly worth the efforts. There is no doubt that everybody would like to have a clean village, town or ward. The goals of cleanliness are health, beauty, absence of offensive odour and to avoid the spreading of dirt and contaminants to oneself and others. Maintaining cleanliness is the essential part of healthy living because it is the cleanliness only which helps to improve our personality by keeping clean externally and internally. It also brings good and positive thoughts in the mind which slows down the occurrence of diseases. Sanitation and cleanliness play an important role in people’s day to day routine. It is important as it prevents dangerous diseases like Dengue, typhoid, hepatitis, and other diseases caused by mosquito bite, etc. Cleanliness is not only about the environment but also personal hygiene especially crucial to health. Eating places both at home and restaurants can spread diseases like jaundice, roundworm, tapeworm etc through contaminated food. Awareness for a clean environment in Nagaland has begun to spread through various programmes highlighted in the media. In Dimapur in particular, numerous organisations have been doing their bit to clean up the rubbish as well as piles of garbage through ‘social works’. The problem is that by the following day, it is back to the usual. This is an unfortunate aspect of the irresponsibility of citizens. It may be mentioned that ‘ social work campaign’ was initiated sometime in 2003 by the DAN-I government. Next after Swachh Bharat campaign was introduced, a lot has been done in some towns including Dimapur but there has been little change in the environment. It may be noted that litter means rubbish such as cans, bottles, plastic bags etc thrown and lying in public places. In many countries including some metro cities in India, littering is a criminal offence punishable with fine. The metro cities or urban bodies pass ordinances that make littering or dumping garbage a criminal offence. This is because littering or dumping require consequence of action. The municipal and town councils are supposed to enforce cleanliness but that is not enough. It requires rules that make littering or dumping punishable with fines. The cabinet decision to encourage villages, towns or wards for cleanliness is notable but there is also a need to ensure that citizens act responsibly. Perhaps the state cabinet could have considered passing an anti-littering the dumping law with penalty on violators, if cleanliness is to be maintained at all times to be followed throughout the state.

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