State prepares for ‘Village Well-Being and Cleanliness Fortnight’ campaign

Kohima, September 6 (MExN): With a view to work out a detailed public campaign on celebration of Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhta Pakhwada scheduled to be held across the State from October 1-15, 2017, a meeting was held at the Chief Secretary’s Conference Hall with Rural Development and other line departments on September 5.


Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhta Pakhwada (Village Well-Being and Cleanliness Fortnight) is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development in partnership with several other ministries to take up programmes to seek to create an environment for clean villages, participation of people in Gram Sabha meetings and take up issues for development for livelihood plans for households etc.


Chairing the meeting, chief secretary, Pankaj Kumar, IAS urged upon all line departments to give instructions to their respective departments to carry out awareness campaigns and publicize their concerned departmental schemes in accordance with the action plan. He also requested all departments to appoint one nodal officer and submit the names along with other details to RD Department to form a core committee to coordinate and monitor the fortnight campaign.


A tentative action plan for the celebration was highlight by Joint Secretary RD, Orenthung Lotha where he mentioned the various activities to be carried out by the several line departments. He said the flag off of Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhta Pakhwada will be marked by creating awareness through Bulk SMS and whatsapp followed by Village Council/VDB Meeting in all the 1238 Villages on October 2.


District Level Meeting with RD, NRLM, PWD, PHED, Social Welfare, Agri, Veterinary and Education department will be conducted in all the 11 Districts from October 3-8 while Sanitation Campaign will be covered from October 9-12.


The celebration will culminate with a State Level VDB Conference 2017 on October 13 at Kohima followed by Film Show in all the 74 Blocks and Action Taken Report on October 14-15. Lotha also mentioned that a core team committee will be formed to coordinate and monitor the campaign and the committee is to make a report at the end of the campaign to be submitted to the Ministry.


A press note informed that the meeting was attended by all line departments which include PHED, Social Welfare, Agri, PWD, Veterinary and Education Department.