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Himanta Biswa Sarma Vows To Make Assam One Of Country’s Cleanest States

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GUWAHATI, March 17: In a move aimed at spearheading the practice of cleanliness in the state, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said an inter-district swachhata competition shall be held in the state encompassing all districts.

The winning district in the competition shall be awarded a sum of Rs 100 crore and the same would be utilised for developmental activities of that district.

Announcing this at a function on Friday held at Khumtai constituency in Golaghat district, Sarma said as a mark of respect towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for swachhata, or cleanliness, the inter-district cleanliness competition would be an endeavour to turn Assam one of the cleanest states in the country. He said a blue-print would be created for the smooth conduct of the competition.

It may be noted that the chief minister visited three places of Khumtai constituency to announce results of the inter-village and inter-tea garden cleanliness competition for four Zila Parishad Constituency (ZPC) areas, namely Brahmaputra ZPC, Khumtai ZPC, Kothalguri ZPC and Dakhin Hengera ZPC.

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As part of the competition, five villages from each ZPC area and three tea gardens were chosen in recognition of their performance in cleanliness quotient.

The first position holder village and tea garden are awarded with the amount equivalent to the construction of two kilometres of road, second position holders are awarded with cash prize of Rs 20 lakh, third position is Rs 16 lakh, fourth position is Rs 10 lakh and fifth position is Rs 6 lakh.

Half of the amount will be provided by Member of Legislative Assembly Mrinal Saikia from the local area development fund at his disposal and the remaining half shall be borne by the government of Assam.

The chief minister on the occasion also declared Bortika area of Khumtai constituency as the village micro wildlife sanctuary and launched a plantation drive of banyan saplings in the area to achieve the government’s aim of development in sync with nature.

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Speaking on the occasion at three different functions, Sarma said that the state government has been working towards creating a green and clean ambience in the state where people are able to lead a healthy life.

He said by launching a competition on cleanliness, Khumtai in Golaghat district set an example of cleanliness in the state. He said that with the clean villages, Khumtai will also attract visitors for its clean, serene and beautiful views and ambience.

He also said that his government is going to introduce a programme wherein every village shall earmark a special day to celebrate the village day for which the government will provide funds. He also said that every village will organise sports competition and winners in the competition will be participating in district-level competitions.

 

 

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