Mokokchung, Nov. 18 (EMN): As part of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Mokokchung district observed the World Toilet Day organised by PHED on November 18. The day was observed a day ahead as it falls on Sunday.
Addressing the programme at Longkumer Kilem, the guest of honour, T Lemlila Sangtam, SDO (C) Mokokchung, underscored that the World Toilet Day is observed to encourage the people to contribute towards sanitation for a healthier and hygienic lifestyle.
She also said that for a hilly state like Nagaland, people less know much about the effects of open defecation unlike the stagnant plain areas where many water borne diseases effects the population because of improper maintenance of toilets and open defecation.
In this connection, the official asserted that maintaining proper toilet is the first step towards sanitation and urged the people to follow four steps to keep their own household toilets clean, proper and safely manageable.
She recommended that bodily discharged defecate should be properly transported to a treatment plants which can be either dispose or turn to the nature following the nature cycle.
Sangtam also lauded the Executive Engineer PHED, Mokokchung division, and his team for working relentlessly to achieve Open Defecation Free status. She also urged the PHED Mokokchung and the WATSAN Committees to rededicate themselves to make Mokokchung a healthier and hygienic district.
The guest of honour also gave away the District Swachh Sankalp Se Swachh Sidhi Awards held from August 17 to September 8.
In the district level essay competition, Longranty Longchar clinched the first position, while M Nyamsan and Allen M Longkumer bagged second and third positions respectively.
In State level short films on the theme “My contribution towards making India clean,” Dreamz Unlimited, Dimapur, was adjudged as the winner, while Lipok and Puti and Zero Balance both from Mokokchung were adjudged as the second and third winners respectively.
In the State level essay competition on the topic “What can I do for clean India,” for above 18 years category, Allen M Longkumer from Mokokchung was declared the winner, while Nonlih W Konyak from Mon and Mharhoni from Wokha received the second and third positions respectively.
In State level essay competition below 18 years category, Vipuka H Chishi from Zunheboto secured the first position, while Ellen from Peren and Tikhetoli Achumi from Kohima Urban bagged the second and third positions respectively.