CM urges officers to work with commitment, determination

Chief Minister N Biren Wednesday urged officers to dispense their duties with commitment and determination in order to achieve the targets set by the government for the welfare of the state and its people.
The chief minister was attending a one-day workshop on ‘SBM (G) for attaining ODF in Manipur’ held at Sangai Hall, Imphal Hotel. The workshop was organised by Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).
Addressing the gathering, Biren appealed to the capable and talented officers to leave aside their ego issues and co-operate, co-ordinate and work collectively to bring development in the state.
"Often, reports prepared by state government officials and those by the central officials regarding certain projects or schemes differ from one another," highlighted the chief minister and questioned the reason for such differences.
He further advised the officers to work sincerely and do away with contract oriented mindset while adding that contract oriented working style delays in accomplishing targets of various schemes and programmes.
The chief minister conveyed that, “Under the Go to Village mission, we will construct toilet and bathroom especially for women and girls in each and every village of the state.”
He asked the officials to work towards attaining Open Defecation Free status in the entire state by August 15 this year. A review meeting with all the officers from the level of chief engineer to section officers would be held to work out the modalities to attain ODF status in the state within the stipulated time. A detailed project report (DPR) for construction of Recycling Manufacturing Unit would also be sent to the Centre soon to address garbage issue, Biren added.
PHE minister L Dikho, who presided over the function, said that the state has seen a huge progress in SBM (G). “However, we still need to organise sensitisation programmes and awareness campaigns about SBM across the state. Let us make a commitment to make a Clean Manipur and to promote and preserve ecosystem,” exhorted the minister.
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation secretary Parameswaran Iyer, who was also present on the occasion, explained that Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is not just a toilet construction programme but it is to bring a behavioural change among the people of the country. The sanitation coverage for Rural India in 2014 was only 39 percent and it has been substantially increased to 83 percent now, he said.
According to a research conducted by Gates Foundation, diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery, etc., are very much lower in ODF villages, he informed. He also appreciated the state government’s recent initiative of ‘Go to Village’ as it would help in achieving the target of Swachh Bharat Mission (G) effectively. He said that around 40,000 toilets would be constructed in the state soon under SBM (G).
PHE secretary Nidhi Kesarwani gave a detailed power point presentation on ‘Open Defecation Free Manipur: Roadmap and Challenges’ during the workshop.
It may be mentioned that Senapati and Bishnupur districts have been officially declared as ODF district in the state.
Deputy director general of the Ministry of Water and Sanitation Hiranya Borah, PHE chief engineer H Sunil, DCs of different districts and other officials attended the workshop.

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