ANANTNAG, OCT 26: A day-long workshop was Thursday organized at Dak Bungalow, Anantnag by Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell in collaboration with Directorate of Rural Sanitation, J&K IMPARD and district administration Anantnag to sensitize the government officers and general public about the significance of better sanitation practices.
The workshop was attended by Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Additional Secretary, Chief Ministers Grievance Cell, guest faculty from J&K IMPARD, ACR, district level officers, SDMs of Dooru, Kokernag and Bijbehara, Principals of Higher Secondary Schools, prominent citizens, traders, manufacturers and students from various schools.
On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that he has directed officers to ensure cleanliness in and around their office premises. He said that during the Swachchita Hi Sewa campaign, an enormous number of activities were undertaken where people were sensitized about the significance of sanitation and clean environment. He added that during the two-week programme, public on voluntary basis were also involved in the sanitation drives.
The DC said that everybody maintains hygiene at their personal levels but unless we translate it at the community level, we cannot remain hygienic because the environment has a direct bearing on our living. We need to develop as a community so that clean, pollution-free and sustainable environment is created.
“Maintaining sanitation is a moral duty of every individual and all religions preach its significance. We cannot forget the role we need to play as human beings,” said the DC.
Additional Secretary said that the Coordinator Chief Minister’s Grievance Cell, Tassaduq Mufti is very keen about sanitation because he links development with sanitation.
Quoting Tasaduq Mufti, he said that “we cannot prosper unless we are an informed community and sanitation is one indicator to define us as informed citizens”.
On the occasion, the resource faculty from J&K IMPARD delved on many issues in order to educate the gathering about the significance and the ways and means needed to be adopted for ensuring clean and better environment.
Other speakers highlighted the need to sensitize the public through information services for which the media has a pivotal role to play. The constitution of Sanitation Cells in the government offices and green teams in educational institutions were also advocated for, besides, the involvement of non-governmental organizations.