ADC-SH, KTC pledge for ‘Plastic Free District’

KANGPOKPI, 3rd Oct: Keeping up with the tradition of celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary as Cleanliness Day every year on October 2, Autonomous District Council Sadar Hills and Kangpokpi Town Committee (KTC) unanimously pledged for ‘Plastic Free Kangpokpi District Headquarters’ on Wednesday.
The pledge administered by ADC vice chairman Thangjakam Misao in the presence of DC (Kangpokpi) Lalithambigai Kalidas, CEO-SHADC T Manihar Singh and KTC chairman Lunseh Kipgen was taken under Swachhta Hi Seva 2019 with an aim to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi vision of ‘Clean India’. It also had the participation of ADC councillors, members of KTC, KWWO, KYU and SHADC staff.
They took the vow to keep government establishments in the district and its surrounding neat, tidy and clean apart from pledging to keep Kangpokpi town and make government office campuses ‘plastic free zone’.
Thangjakam also flagged off ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ march from the ADC office complex that covered the town area along National Highway 2.
The participants clad in white T-Shirt embossed with slogans ‘Swachhta Hi Seva, Cleanliness Drive’ on the front and ‘Sadar Hills ADC’ on the back also carried out cleanliness drive along the rally routes.
With the active participation of women employees of SHADC Kangpokpi led by additional CEO Lhingkhonei Lotzem, Finance officer Rebek Lalparvul and Inspector of Schools Chinnu Kipgen, the rally attendees collected plastic bottles, carry-bags and other plastic materials.
The collected items were also briefly exhibited before depositing them at DC office Kangpokpi.
Similar cleanliness drives were also conducted by various other government departments and institutions.
As part of the observance of Cleanliness Day organised by Block Development Officer, Kangpokpi at Community Hall Daili, DC Kangpokpi also launched People’s Plan Campaign for formulation of Village Development Plan (VDP).
Among other educational institutions, HM Higher Secondary School, Keithelmanbi launched a special drive to discourage use of single use plastics in the village as a part of the Cleanliness Day observance on Wednesday.
The HM Eco Club students under the theme, ‘Go Traditional’ conducted door-to-door awareness campaign on avoiding use of plastics especially among commercial outlets in the village and promoting use of Banana leaves.
The students also displayed placards made of Banana leaves inscribed with the words, “Yes to Banana Leaves, No to Paper”, “Yes to Banana Leaves, No to Plastics”, “Go Traditional”, “Plastics Out, Banana Leaves In”, “paper Out, Banana Leaves In”, etc. while campaigning for stopping use of plastics in the village.

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