Guwahati, November 23: A State Level Convention for College Principals and NSS Program Officers was held yesterday under Gauhati University for active participation in Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) activities. Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) was launched by the Prime Minister of India with a view to reinforce efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage throughout the country. The set year to achieve the status of Open Defecation Free as well as Swachh Assam is 2018 as against the national deadline of October 02, 2019.
A consultation with different NSS programme officers of the colleges under Gauhati University on Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) was undertaken. The objectives of the convention was to make the participants- Understand the principles of SBM (G), Learn & prioritize villages, Generate awareness among the community and Facilitate & conduct regular quarterly evaluations. The programme has the dedicated attention of the Governor of Assam as well as the Chief Minister of Assam. The session was graced and headed by eminent persons likeRihon Daimary, Minister (PHED), Dr Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University, Shri Hemanta Kumar Sharma, Regional Director (NSS & NER), Dr Tushar Rane, Chief Field Office, UNICEF (Assam), Dr Ranjan Kr Kakati, Director, Students’ Welfare & Programme Coordinator, (GU NSS Cell), Dr Siddharth Singh, (IAS) MD, SBM-G cum Secretary, PHED, Government of Assam, Dr Arup Mishra, Director, ASTEC & ARIEDA.
Speaking on the occasion, Rihon Daimary said “Following PM Narendra Modi’s dream of a clean India and a clean ASSAM by 2018, we all should give our heart and soul in fulfilling it and make ASSAM Open Defecation Free. Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department is the nodal department responsible for the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin (SBM-G) in Assam”. The programme emphasizes for an overall clean, open defecation free environment in all the villages of Assam which can be created and maintained with proper awareness generation of the people to trigger behavioural changes towards sanitation and hygiene habits as well as the Management of the Solid and Liquid Waste generated. Mission Directorate, SBM-G proposes to enter into a partnership with Gauhati University in the line of the partnership with Dibrugarh University.
Dr Tushar Rane, Chief, UNICEF (Assam) pointed “I am very optimistic about the collaboration with Gauhati University (NSS cell) and shall extend all support to this venture just like we did for Dibrugarh university”. He further mentioned about the impact of other initiatives taken by SBM-G like setting up Adolescent clubs in Tea gardens.
Around 150 colleges participated in the convention; participants were Principals, NSS Nodal officers and NSS volunteers under GU. Open house discussions and lectures with presentations were the methods adapted to disseminate information about an overall plan of action for clean, open defecation free environment in all the villages of Assam. A detailed overview of SBM-Gramin, NSS and Community Based activities, Unicef’s support in promoting CHSCs and interaction with Principals/Faculties/Students were the key points of the convention.