Nayagram earns laurel for being a cleanest village

From Special Correspondent
Silchar, March 30: Lakhipur-Nayagram, a nondescript village, in Lakhipur subdivision of Cachar, 35 km from here, has eked out a place of distinction for being the cleanest Manipuri inhabited hamlet. Around 200 families of the community have become a proud part of the ‘Swachh Bharat (Rural) Abhiyan’ by winning a prize of Rs.1 lakh from the Central fund earmarked for maintaining cleanliness all around. This is the only village in the subdivision that has earned the laurel on this count. Anwar Hussain, GP president of the village with 10 wards, sharing his happiness with this correspondent, said, “We all are conscious of our obligation. Everything cannot be left to the administration or government. Cleanliness is left to one’s wisdom and conscience. Collectively, the villagers have taken it up as a part of their social commitment.”
Echoing the voice of Anwar Hussain, Ganesh Roy, social activist and secretary of Dibyan Club, said, “We are proud that our village has been rewarded for being neat and clean. Our gratitude to the inhabitants and the administration for encouraging and motivating the people in general to become truly a part of the grand and noble mission.” In a bid to spread the message of the people of Nayagram, a public meeting was organized by the GP and the PHE, Lakhipur, at the behest of district administration of Cachar in the premises of Nripendra Sharma, a retired teacher.
Addressing the assembly on the occasion as chief-guest, S Viswanathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, said, “I am delighted at the collective wisdom of the people of Nayagram and I hope other GPs of the subdivision will follow the suit.” It is not only the GPs but other public establishments like ICDS, health, education, sanitation, PHE, electricity and other public utility services should set such example of being different, he pointed out. J R Lalsim, ADC Cachar and in-charge SDO, Lakhipur, also expressed her happiness to see the cleanliness being maintained by the people of Nayagram.
The Deputy Commissioner took the opportunity on the basis of public complaints to caution some unscrupulous elements who stand as a hurdle in reaching utility services to people. Some members of public in the GP have taken illegal course of action in pumping drinking water beyond the permitted limit, creating a sort of water crisis. He instructed the SDO, PHE, Upendra Singha, to disconnect such illegal connections immediately when detected. It was Upendra Singha who initiated the programme by explaining the objective of holding the meeting. The Deputy Commissioner asked the BDO Lakhipur to provide job cards to all the poor people of the area.
After the public meeting, the Deputy Commissioner walked down to the Fulertal market where everything looked in order. But, he was shocked to see all sorts of garbage and wastes dumped by the riverside of Barak. He called the lessee of the market and cautioned him to clean the area within the next three days or face action. He also had a word for the shopkeepers of the market whom he advised not to dump or throw anything by the riverside. This will only pollute the waters of the river and such pollution is hazardous to health.
It is to be recalled that in 2016, a central team attached to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan visited Cachar district and went round the villages and happened to be at Nayagram also. After returning to Delhi, the team submitted its report to the Mission and on that basis Nayagram was selected as one of the cleanest village in this remote part of north east. Other government officials and citizens present at the meeting included Chandan Borgohain, magistrate, Pradip Kumar Gupta, circle officer, Rathindra Dey, executive engineer, Silchar division II, PHE, P Deka, BDO Lakhipur, and Moin Uddin Laskar, junior engineer, PHE.

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