Arunachal to be open defecation-free by 2018: Khandu

ITANAGAR, June 8 – From being the 3rd dirtiest city to become the 216th cleanest city in the country in just one year is a significant achievement made by the State Capital Complex, thanks to the ‘Team Arunachal’ motto adopted by Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC), Capital district administration, NGOs and individuals.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu profusely thanked and congratulated all involved in achieving the milestone at a simple but impressive function held by IMC at the State Banquet Hall here today.

He informed that the Prime Minister is serious with all schemes and programmes announced and has made it mandatory for the CMs to submit reports on actions taken and achievements made once in two months.

“With Modiji as Prime Minister things have changed. There is a drastic change in work culture. Even if I am the Chief Minister, under him (Modi) I have to work as any other officer,” he pointed out.

The Chief Minister announced that by 2018, Arunachal Pradesh will become open defecation-free State of the country. He said PHE department is implementing the programme.

Khandu called upon each and every individual to take responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean and help the system work efficiently.

Deputy CM Chowna Mein stressed on creating civic sense amongst the citizens and called for the leaders to set examples. He said if leaders, officers and responsible citizens exemplify their civic sense first, common people will follow.

During the function, a host of councillors, officers, NGO Eco Tourism Society, artistes, sanitary assistants, drivers, cleaners and sweepers were felicitated for their outstanding contributions in helping remove the tag ‘third dirtiest city’ from Itanagar.

Source: Assam Tribune

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