PHE min seeks joint efforts to make Shillong cleanest city

SHILLONG, Oct 6: In view of the disappointing results in Swachh Survekshan 2020 rankings of cleanest cities in India, PHE Minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar has called upon government officials and other stakeholders to better Shillong’s ranking even as he emphasised that the city should make it to the top of the list.
It may be recalled that in 2020, Shillong had ranked 353 in the category of cities with a population of 1 to 10 lakh.
Addressing a state-level workshop on Swachh Survekshan Grameen on Wednesday, the PHE minister stated that the government and the community must work together and aspire to make Shillong the cleanest city of the country.
Referring to the Swachh Survekshan 2020 report, in which Indore, Madhya Pradesh, bagged the prestigious position of the cleanest city in India for the fourth consecutive year, he maintained that Shillong should rank number 1 in the country.
The minister presented a challenge before the departments and other stakeholders to make efforts in helping Shillong become the cleanest city in India. “I am putting up a challenge — Why not Shillong? It is very much possible. There is no better example than elections, where we want to be number 1 and only the number 1 is successful,” he said.
Swachhta campaign
Meanwhile in Ri Bhoi, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Ri Bhoi organised a special Swachhta campaign at Thadnongiaw among the adopted villages under Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav programme of Bhoirymbong Block.
Around 72 people including farmers, 33 schoolchildren and some KVK staff participated in the programme. A cleaning drive of the community hall and its surrounding was also organised followed by distribution of vegetable seeds.

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