Cleanliness has become habit & way of life: S Molnom chief

IMPHAL, 14th Sep: Helien Vaiphei, the chief of one of the cleanest villages in Manipur – S Molnom, said that cleanliness has become a habit and a way of life for the residents of the village with even kids as young as in nursery class coming out to clean the locality weekly without fail.
He stated this during a visit to the village by a team of officials and staff from Directorate of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) led by its joint director W Phajatombi, deputy director (HQ) L Ashok Kumar, editor (HQ) Sagolsem Snehprabha and members of the editorial board of ‘Manipur Today’ a monthly published by the directorate.
Located at the foothills of Koubru range under Saitu Gamphazol block of Kangpokpi district, S Molnom has set an example of a clean and green village. The thought of cleanliness in the mind of the villagers has been imbibed since 2005-06 under the guidance and leadership of Haokhotinlen Vaiphei (popularly known as Helien Vaiphei), chief cum chairman of the village. Helien, a special contractor by profession, has inherited the position of the chief from his father.
The cleanliness drive, conducted every Saturday, saw active participation of people from all walks of life.
The officials from DIPR also interacted with residents on various developmental issues undertaken collectively by the community as a whole over the last decade.
All the village roads are blacktopped and maintained properly, with expenses borne by Helien without any government support. Moreover, the households have access to clean drinking water and proper drainage system. All the houses in the village have hygienic toilets. The village has also developed a proper waste management system using concrete dustbins with detachable metal bins for easy disposal of waste. The village has also dug two large pits wherein bio-degradable and non-bio degradable wastes are disposed of separately. The biodegradable waste is later converted into compost to be used in kitchen gardens and greenhouses.
A small village predominately inhabited by Kuki tribe, S Molnom has over 200 people living in 40 households. The village also has one primary school – S Molnom UJB School.
The village and its headman were recognised and rewarded by the district administration in 2014 and 2016 for its cleanliness drive.

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