Srinagar: Governor Satya Pal Malik participated in the state level Grand Finale/Felicitation Ceremony of “Swachhata Hi Seva” Campaign organized jointly by the Housing and Urban Development Department and School Education Department at the SKICC here today.
“Swachhata Hi Seva” campaign was launched from 15th September-2nd October 2018, as a precursor to the launch of the year long 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi and in the run up to the 4th anniversary celebrations of “Swachh Bharat Mission”.
The winners of various competitions organized during this Campaign were felicitated by Governor on the occasion.
Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary on 2nd October, 2014, Governor observed that Mahatma Gandhi had cleanliness and sanitation closest to his heart. He had made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living and mentioned that Mahatma Gandhi had a rule in his ‘ashram’ for self cleaning of toilets. Governor noted that all religions and philosophies of the world have emphasised importance of cleanliness and hygiene for the overall health of individuals and societies.
Governor observed that India gained freedom under the leadership of Gandhiji, but his dream of a clean India is still unfulfilled. To fulfill this dream, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ on 2nd October 2014 to provide sanitation facilities to every Indian, including toilets, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village sanitation, and safe and adequate drinking water supply by 2nd October, 2019.
Governor congratulated the State Administration for their efforts in making the State 100% Open Defecation Free. He observed that due to sustained efforts of all stakeholders, Jammu and Kashmir has achieved 100 per cent toilet coverage and has become Open Defecation Free (ODF), one year in advance.
Governor emphasized that cleanliness is most important for physical well-being and a healthy environment and it is essential for everyone to learn about cleanliness, hygiene, sanitation and the various diseases that are caused due to poor hygienic conditions. He expressed special concern for women who suffer from health ailments due to lack of toilet facilities in our homes. He observed that cleanliness generates a positive frame of mind which is crucial for making us lead a purposeful life.
Governor gave away cash prize to the students of Govt. Higher Secondary School Kothi Bagh for their quality Song and Skit performances on the occasion.
Documentaries of events organized under the Campaign by the HUDD and School Education Department were screened on the occasion and ‘Swachhta’ pledge was taken by all participants.