While speaking on the occasion of ‘Clean Nalagarh Green Nalagarh Campaign’ as part of the Sawach Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), at Nalagarh in Solan today, Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur lauded the efforts of the Industrial Association Nalagarh to take up the massive cleanliness drive in the entire Nalagarh area.The Governor speaking on the occasion suggested to divide the industrial areas into sectors for effectively managing the cleanliness drives. He said that right from Parwanoo to Baddi, and other industrial belts of the state one sector officer should be appointed to manage and run the cleanliness drives effectively. He said that the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh would be the model industrial belt in the state if the initiative sustained in the future for a long time.The Governor said that purity of conscience and cleanliness of surroundings was necessary for wellness of human beings. He said Shashtras, the Vedas and other epics have laid importance on how one should maintain a healthy body and healthy mind by keeping environment clean. We should maintain the natures bounty and contribute sincerely and practically to maintain the nature’s balance.He also stressed for making cleanliness drive a national movement further adding that Mahatma Gandhi, father of the Nation also believed that the purity of Karma, the soul and cleaner environment were a path towards achieving salvation. He said that it were the Humans who were responsible for destroying the nature’s beauty and for the desecrated Environment and urged people to participate in the cleanliness drivesThe Governor and the Chief Minister also administered the oath of cleanliness to the youth on the occasion.
Chief Minister Shri Jai Ram Thakur said that the dream of Mahatma Gandhi's Sawach Bharat could be realised with commitment of people to make the State as the best clean and green State in the country.We can accomplish the goal of ‘Clean India’ only when we keep our environment and our traditional water bodies clean besides efficiently managing and treating the solid and liquid wastes, said the Chief Minister.Involvement and participation of Masses in the drive has turned Sawach Bharat Mission into a National Movement. A sense of responsibility has been evoked amongst the people through the clean India movement. With the people now actively participating in cleanliness activities across the Country, the dream of Clean India as envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi has began to find shape, said he.He said the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has set a target of five years i.e. by 2nd October 2019 to make every village of India clean and reiterated the resolve to make cleanliness drive a National Movement with involvement of people towards building a healthy India.He said that such cleanliness drives hold more importance in industrial regions of the state, where effluent and industrial waste was in bulk. He said that cleanliness should become a habit of the day to all citizens. "It was during the last regime of BJP when I was Rural development and Panchayati Raj Minister,the campaign of cleanliness was started in all 3243 Panchayats to make every Panchayat Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the State", said the Chief Minister.Himachal was the second state to be declared completely ODF last year. He said that as per Survey conducted in January 2018, as many as 296 districts and 3,07,349 villages all over India have been declared ODF.Earlier, the Chief Minister along with the Governor participated in the cleanliness drive at Chownkiwala, in Nalagarh.Shri NK Aggrawal and Shri Subodh Gupta presented a draft of Rs 2.51 lakh on behalf of the Nalagarh Industrial Association towards CM relief fund a sum of Rs 5.11 lakh by Microtek International besides one lakh by Dev Resins private limited and a sum of rupees one lakh by Indag Rubber, Nalagarh.Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Shri Rajiv Saizal, MLAs, Shri Lakhvinder Rana and Shri Paramjit Singh (Pammi), Former MLAs, Shri KL Thakur, Smt.Vinod Chandel and Shri Ram kumar Chaudhary, Chairperson, State Women Commission Dr. Daisy Thakur, President Industrial Association Nalagarh, Shri Subodh Gupta were also present on the occasion amongst others including students from different schools of the area.