ITANAGAR, Sept 15: PHE&WS Minister Lokam Tassar launched 100-day campaign under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and flagged off “Satyagrah se Swachhagrah Rath Yatra” from state laboratory on Wednesday, according to PHE&WS SBM (G) mission director S. Yomcha.
Appreciating PH&WS officers and staff, Tassar advocated supplying potable water to all one and all. He advised all field officers for suitable management of solid & liquid wastes (SLW) in all villages to make them open defecation free for the state to attain ODF status within scheduled period.
Briefing about success story of achieving open defecation free (ODF) status of Arunachal Pradesh in December, 2017, PHE&WS secretary Rinchin Tashi stressed the importance of maintaining cleanliness in the villages by proper management of solid & liquid wastes (SLWs) under SBM (G) Phase-II. He also advocated not using single use plastic (SUP) items.
The Rath Yatra aims at spreading message of sustaining ODFness to ensure proper management of solid & liquid wastes in villages as per SBM (G) phase-II guidelines. It will cover Lower Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Namsai, Changlang & Tirap districts and culminate at Dipa village, where national flag was hoisted for first time in this state on 15th August, 1947.
During the campaign, the department would conduct Swachhata Shramdhan in ODF-Plus targeted villages involving PRI members/GBs till Sept 17 for conducting virtual swachhata talks with village heads/ZPMs/GPs/chairpersons by Yomcha and gram panchayats would be pursued to pass resolution to ban use of SUP on Sept 20. The 100-day campaign aims from Sept 25 aims at building community/individual soakpits, retrofitting of individual household latrines (IHHL) under FFC, build IHHLs for newly emerged households and community sanitary complex, Yomcha added.