Students’ Role Important In Raising Awareness On Cleanliness: Mayor SMC

Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation Wednesday organised SWACHTA SAMMELAN, an initiative under ongoing Swachh Survekshan 2021, in collaboration with IEC partners at Central Office Karan Nagar.

Mayor Srinagar Junaid Azim Mattu who was the chief guest on the occasion laid emphasis on the importance of cleanliness at grass root level and said that students especially children play a key role to impart education about significance of cleanliness in our every day life and in disseminating sense of discipline to bring about behavioural change among the masses.

He said it is imperative to inculcate sense of proprietorship and belongingness of the city to ones own-self similar to his or her own home to make it one of the finest cities in cleanliness and sanitation.

While congratulating IEC partners for their appreciable  performance, Mattu said that it is quite heartening to see that SMC this year has ranked at 36th position in cleanliness from 357 position in Swachh Survekshan.

“There  is a need to organise various more activities like awareness on waste segregation, sanitation drives in schools, colleges, Nukad Naataks, Walkathons, Plogging etc at a broader spectrum with innovative, effective and result oriented activities so that people are motivated for adoption of cleanliness, waste segregation at house hold levels.”

He reiterated that as a Mayor and the citizen of this city “it is my  dream to make Srinagar city one of the cleanest cities” and to achieve this dream, he said, it is not possible without having the community participation and cooperation from the citizens in the society.

Mattu said that IEC partners should work in close coordination with People of Srinagar and SMC administration involving students as brand ambassadors to make Srinagar city one of the top cities in cleanliness.

Commissioner SMC Athar Amir Khan who was the guest of honour  on the occasion interacted with the students and appreciated their participation in the event.

Commissioner SMC requested them to come forward and help in preserving environment by following best practices on Solid Waste Management like Segregating waste at source and keeping away from littering.

Athar said he is fortunate that he has got an opportunity to serve the most beautiful and one of the world class tourist centric places and ensured his full support to the people of the city and administration in transforming the city into more beautiful and cleaner place to live in.

While describing the major and constructive role of youth especially students, Commissioner said that youth act as catalyst to take the message of sanitation forward by discussing it with  friends, family and parents too.

He urged IEC partners to create awareness on waste segregation at source profoundly and spread information about its importance from grass root level by interacting with the people, house wives, children and educating them about the benefits and outcome of waste segregation at household level and sanitation.

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