SHILLONG, Sept 14: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of West Garo Hills (WGH) district, Pravin Bakshi on Monday suggested for the adoption green locality near the school premises so that students learn to care and protect the environment and become ambassadors of mission green initiative which is created especially for school children.
Bakshi made the suggestion while speaking as the Chief Guest of the Awareness cum Demonstration programme on Solid Waste Management was held at Aeroville Secondary School, Tura.
The programme is an initiative under Chief Minister’s Youth for Green Campaign organized by the District Administration, WGH in collaboration with Tura Municipal Board (TMB), Urban Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya and assisted by the State Bank of India, WGH.
Expressing concern on the vast degradation of the environment, Bakshi said that the green initiative should be taken forward in order to preserve and increase the green forest cover in the region. He opined that greenery is important for health and hygiene of a person which helps in de-stressing as well as motivates a person with its natural charm and beautiful scenery.
In his keynote address, Chief Executive Officer, TMB, Z. J. Sangma emphasized on the importance of cleanliness as well as keeping homes, surroundings and towns clean and green. While urging the students to ‘Think Global and Act Local’, he advised them to become the agents of change in the initiative of making Meghalaya Clean and Green by imbibing the sense of civic responsibility for the betterment of our future generation.
Sangma also informed that the Meghalaya Clean and Green Awards have been introduced by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya in order to encourage and enable the localities to participate in the mission with competitive spirit for the benefit and welfare of the society. He further stressed on the need to give up easy going attitude with regard to disposal of waste and cooperate with the initiatives of the TMB for improving Solid Waste Management practices in the town to create a clean and healthy environment for the residents.
During the technical session that followed, Medical & Health Officer and Nodal Officer, Solid Waste Management, TMB, Dr. AA Sangma sensitized the students on Solid Waste Management, Waste segregation and Zero Littering Campaign. Meanwhile, Executive Director, Bethany Society, Carmo Noronha explained about Road to Zero Waste and Household Decompositing.
It may be mentioned that the basic principle of efficient Solid Waste Management practice is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Therefore, waste can be reduced at the household level by segregating the non-biodegradable and biodegradable waste.