GUWAHATI, Aug 24 - Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi led a series of Swachhta initiatives conducted by Guwahati Refinery on the campus of Gauhati University today.
The Governor launched a plantation drive, inaugurated installed sanitary napkin incinerators at the university’s girls’ hostels and handed over dustbins for use at the university hostels during a programme held at the Birinchi Kumar Baruah Auditorium, GU.
Prof Mukhi also distributed prizes among the winners of an essay competition organised for the students of the university on the theme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The programme was attended by GU Vice Chancellor Prof PJ Handique; S Manchanda, Executive Director, Guwahati Refinery, other officials from the refinery and teachers and students of GU.
In his address, the Governor said the citizens of India had failed to embrace the message of Mahatma Gandhi on cleanliness which he had made during the pre-Independence era, and as a result, the impression of India in the outside world in terms of cleanliness was not positive.
“But with the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, mass awareness is generated among the people on the importance of cleanliness, which has helped the people to become more aware of swachhta. Being one of the biggest forces in the country, the student community can make a huge difference towards the development of the country by adopting Swachhta not merely as a job but as a mission,” he said.
He lauded the efforts of IOC and Guwahati Refinery taken up in line with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.