Imphal: To mark four years of the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur, Minister for Social Welfare and MAHUD Henry Okram flagged off a weeklong cleanliness drive to raise awareness about the ban on single-use plastic at Khwairamband Keithel in Imphal on Wednesday.

The cleanliness drive was organised by District Administration, Imphal West in collaboration with the MAHUD Department, Government of Manipur.

On the occasion, minister Henry Okram urged people to extend their support for the successful implementation of various welfare initiatives taken up by the government. He stressed that a collective effort and dedication is the need of the hour to make our city or town clean. He mentioned that the motive of the awareness campaign is to sensitise the public about the effects and consequences of single-use plastics on our environment.

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The minister stated that competitions will be held every year among the Municipal Councils/Corporations and Wards of each Council/Corporations for their service delivery to citizens and towards creating cleaner cities/towns. Rankings will be given based on their performances, he added.

Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) Mayor Lokeshwor Singh, Principal Secretary (MAHUD) PK Singh, Commissioner (RD&PR) Nidhi Kesarwani, DC (Imphal West) Naorem Praveen, SP (Imphal West) K Meghchandra, Director (MAHUD) Th Harikumar and others were present during the function.

It may be noted that on March 15, 2017, BJP formed its first government in Manipur under the leadership of N Biren Singh as the chief minister ending the Congress’ 15-year rule in the state.

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