IMPHAL, Oct 2 - The International Day of Non-Violence and National Cleanliness Day was observed across Manipur in commemoration of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on Monday.
Manipur Governor Dr Najma A Heptulla along with Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Cabinet Ministers and Chief Secretary attended the State level observation at Gandhi Memorial Hall here.
Addressing the function, Dr Heptulla said that the state of cleanliness which is maintained during the observance of the National Cleanliness Day should be made a regular feature – a way of life.
The Chief Minister said that people should not only focus on cleaning their surroundings, but also aim to free their minds of negativity, hatred, enmity, communalism and corrupt thoughts.
Informing that ‘Imphal Evenings’, scheduled to be launched tonight, is an initiative to provide family-oriented evening life, he sought support and cooperation from the public.
Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (I) also observed the Day at Congress Bhavan in Imphal.
Dimapur Correspondent adds: A cleanliness drive was carried out across Nagaland as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched on Gandhi Jayanti, today.
In his greetings on the occasion, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said in pursuance of Gandhi’s ideas, Government of India has launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.
He appealed to the people of the State to actively involve themselves in cleanliness drive.
In a statement, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang stated that Gandhi’s ideals have always been a source of inspiration all over the world. The great leader believed in the principles of non-violence, courage and truth, and played a major role in obtaining freedom from British slavery, he added.
Zeliang said Gandhi respected people of all religions including the Nagas who live together in harmony.
Shillong Correspondent adds: The fortnight-long “Swachhta Hi Sewa” campaign on cleanliness and hygiene culminated today with the celebration of Gandhi Jayanti in different parts of Meghalaya.
Urban Affairs Minister RV Lyngdoh today inaugurated the Phase 1 of the sanitary landfill for disposal of processed rejects and inert waste at Mawlai.
Dedicating the landfill site to the people, Lyngdoh said that the site will ensure in keeping the city clean with proper waste segregation and disposal. He said the government is keen to use other technological based solutions on waste management to make Meghalaya “a garbage-free State.”
Army’s Headquarter 101 Area also undertook a number of activities to ensure cleanliness of Shillong Cantonment and its surrounding areas.