Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently announced that villages, panchayats and blocks will be awarded for keeping the environment clean. This announcement made by the eastern India’s state Chief Minister was to encourage people to work towards cleanliness. Interacting with the villagers during the ‘Ama Gaon, Ama Vikas’ programme through video conference from the State Secretariat, the Chief Minister said the villagers should adopt ‘clean village, healthy village’ as their motto. He advised villagers to stay healthy and keep surroundings clean so that they can serve their families, society and country in a better way. He discussed the issue with people in 10 districts during the programme. Health of the people is linked to the economy and development of the country, he said and added that keeping the environment clean is most important.
He requested all the people to use toilets and motivate others to do the same. He explained the advantages of various welfare programmes of the Government. “We should take care to keep our surroundings clean. It will help keep diseases at bay,” he said.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, the Chief Minister said, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” and called upon the people make cleanliness a movement. The Chief Minister also sanctioned projects worth INR 49.69 crore for 209 panchayats of 10 districts. He has so far covered 3717 gram panchayats of 165 blocks through the programme and sanctioned 34112 projects worth INR 843.65 crore
Source: The New Indian Express