IEP Chandigarh, February 4
A one-day state level workshop on best practices under Swachh Bharat Mission was organized at Municipal Bhawan, Sector 35 Chandigarh, which was inaugurated by Minister for Local Government Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar.During this workshop, Local Government Minister Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar said that the Punjab government led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann is making all possible efforts to provide a clean and pollution-free environment to the people of the state. He asked the officials to segregate the wet and dry waste at the source places and manage it in a scientific manner. He invited the participants and people of the State to work collectively to make the state clean and tidy. He added that both components cleanliness and health are important for the development of the State.Appreciating the officers and employees of the department, he said that the local government department is doing good work, as a result of which Punjab has secured the fifth position across the country in the Swachh Survekshan Abhiyan-2022. The minister said that the remaining Urban local bodies of the state should also take inspiration from the Urban local bodies that achieved the ranks. He has expressed hope from the Urban local bodies of the state that they should do better cleaning in their Urban local bodies so that the state can get the top position in the cleanliness drive in the future survey.Local Government, Principal Secretary, Vivek Pratap Singh told the participants that waste should be properly managed in all Urban local bodies of the state. He said that many Urban local bodies of the state have made good progress in this, which has set an example for other urban local bodies. He also asked the officials and employees to contribute in making the cities of the state garbage free by working in a systematic manner.PMIDC CEO Isha Kalia welcomed all the participants and gave detailed information about the various works undertaken under the Swachh Bharat Mission to make the state garbage free. The main objective of this workshop was to prepare an action plan to make the mission successful and information was given about the best practices being done by various urban local bodies of the state regarding waste management. Informal waste collectors, wet, plastic and dry waste, construction and demolition waste, horticultural waste, legacy waste management etc were discussed in detail in the workshop. An exhibition on waste-to-resource and single-use plastic alternatives was also organized on the occasion, in which various organizations showcased waste management and plastic alternatives. In this workshop, Commissioners of Municipal Corporations, Additional Deputy Commissioners (Urban Development and General), Executive Officers (Municipal Corporations and Nagar Panchayats) and other officials were present.
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