Three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat mission, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday launched his own Clean Assam campaign by sweeping garbage in three different localities of the state capital here. Gogoi also said that he had launched a similar cleanliness drive in February 2012 itself, though that did not last long.
Gogoi also announced constituting a Green Brigade and permanent committees to look after cleanliness in different localities. “We will constitute a Green Brigade and permanent committees to keep the localities neat and clean. Awards will also be given for cleanliness drive,” he added.
Appreciating Prime Minister Modi’s Swacch Bharat campaign Gogoi said, “We support any good cause and our government with the help of public organizations, NGOs, and individuals will make an all-out endeavour to make Assam clean and green.” While Modi had launched his campaign on Gandhi Jayanti, Gogoi preferred to kick-start his a day after the Durga Puja festivities were over, and chose three spots that were littered with garbage during the just-concluded festival.
Like Modi, the Assam Chief Minister too announced taking up the cleanliness drive on a mission mode across the nook and corner of the state. “We had launched a Clean Guwahati Campaign in February 2012 in front of Cotton College, Jail Road, Manipuri Basti and other places. However, that campaign did not continue for long. But this time the cleanliness drive will be a continuous process in Guwahati and other parts of the state,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi also attributed Guwahati’s water-logging and flood problem to garbage and filth and calle upon citizens to keep the drains clean in order to ensure smooth flow of water. “One of the reasons for Guwahati’s flood is due to clogging of drains. If we keep the drains free from garbage and filth, it will help to mitigate the problem to a great extent,” he said.
The Assam chief minister also recalled taking part in cleanliness drives even when he was a high school student in the 1940s. “Cleanliness is next to godliness. When I was a school student, we participated in cleanliness drive at Harijan Colony, Jorhat, every Saturday,” he tweeted. While Gogoi launched the cleanliness campaign in Guwahati his other ministers and Congress MLAs inaugurated the drive in different districts on Sunday.