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Kiphire | August 9
The launching programme cum rally on ‘Freedom from Open Defecation Week’ was held at the conference hall of the DPDB with Sedevikho Khro, DC Kiphire as the chief guest on August 9. It was attended by students from various schools, church leaders, NYK youth and officers.
Speaking at the weeklong programme, the DC, Kiphire Sedevikho Khro said that if environment and ecology is not taken care then the silver trophy which the district has won recently for achieving ‘open defecation free’ district will be of no use. Advising the students the DC encouraged them to be responsible citizens by loving the nature so that nature gives back the same love. He also congratulated the departmental staffs and officers for giving the best effort and bringing laurels to the district by achieving open defecation free district.
Pipenthung Lotha, SBM Coordinator spoke on the significant of freedom from open. Aketo, Nehru Yuva Kendra team Kiphire speaking at the programme said that the team is giving their best to make the district clean by doing social work almost every week.
Liyangse, while welcoming the gathering expressed gratitude to the Ao Baptist church for showing good example by cleaning the dustbin in the town almost every week.
Mokokchung: Mokokchung district has begun observance of ‘Freedom from Open Defecation week’ from August 9 to 15 under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin). Organised by Public Health Engineering Department, Mokokchung Division, the inaugural function was held at Longkumer Kilem in Mokokchung town on August 9 with Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung, Sushil Kumar Patel as the chief guest.
In his address, the DC admitted that the task of eliminating such practices was not easy as it involve huge finances and mobilising people to join in the mass movement. Sharing his views on the dream of Swachh Bharat Mission, he said the centre has set an ambitious target to achieve India an open defecation free country by 2019.
Bendangnukshi Longkumer, District Chairman, Swachh Bharat Mission exhorted the participants that even though Mokokchung district had achieved Open Defecation Free in the state yet much more need to be done to ensure that every household in the districts has hygienic toilet.
In his welcome speech, Executive Engineer PHED Mokokchung Division Er Yanger Pongen gave credit to the WATSAN workers in the village levels, village councils, NGOs and the masses for mass participation in achieving Mokokchung district an open defecation free along with three other districts: Longleng, Zunheboto and Kiphire.
During the week long observance the PHED, Mokokchung Division will be organising programmes at Ungma, Mopungchuket and Mongsenyimti villages to create more awareness on cleanliness and sanitation.
Peren: A programme on ‘Freedom from Open Defecation’, a part of the nationwide weeklong campaign was organised at Peren town, on August 9 by DWSM, PHED, Peren with SDO (C), Peren, Sarita Yadav, IAS, as the chief guest. The programme was sponsored by Swaach Bharat Abhiyan, PHED, Kohima.
Speaking at the function, Sarita Yadav, IAS, cautioned of the spread of diseases due to open defecation and apprised on the importance of hand washing after defecation, and called for educating the people and spreading awareness about the importance of maintaining a hygienic lifestyle.
The programme was chaired by IEC Consultant, DWSM, PHED. SDO, PHED, Er. S.K. Tep delivered the welcome address. Consultant, Vito G. Sema delivered a speech on freedom from open defecation. Er. KashitoAwomi pronounced the vote of thanks. Members from WATSAN Committee, Village Councils, women leaders, teachers and the public attended the programme.