The Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad on Saturday led the state in taking the pledge of cleanliness as part of the nationwide Swacchta Hi Sewa (SHS) campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The pledge taking ceremony led by the Hon’ble Governor was organized at the Sai Sewa Sansthan, Vajra Complex, Gangtok. The Governor opined that contributing our time to the goal of Swacch Bharat is an embodiment of our resolve to keep not only our surroundings but also our conscience clean.
“Let us all resolve that not only today, but everyday of our lives, we will keep ourselves and our surroundings clean. The Swacchta Abhiyaan has helped the country combat a lot of diseases caused by unclean surroundings, thus aiding in people’s well-being while saving a lot of money that is otherwise spent on healthcare,” the governor said while interacting with the participants.
The participants in the cleanliness drive included officials and staff members of different offices of the central and the state government, members of NGOs, personnel of the state police and the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the media fraternity and the general public.
The fortnight-long Swacchta Hi Sewa Campaign will conclude on 2nd October with the commemoration of the Rashtriya Swacchta Diwas. India’s biggest cleanliness drive – Swachh Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 – has triggered a nationwide flurry of activity to improve sanitation and cleanliness in the country, the ambitious aim of which is to achieve 100% open defecation free status by 2019.