Indore: In his own admission, whenever one comes to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with something seemingly difficult to achieve, he motivates the person with the example of Indore, the city which “never gives up on a challenge.” Hailing Indore as a city with never-say-die attitude, the CM, while addressing a function Sewa Diwas organised by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to celebrate the birthday Prime Minister Narendra Modi in city on Sunday, said “Junoon ho to Indore jaisa (one should be passionate enough like Indore).”
“Once this city accepts any challenge, it gives its 100 per cent to win that. And, ultimately it wins. We have seen that in many cases, the cleanest city tag being the recent example. People of this city are full of grit and determination. Even we do take inspiration from Indoreans,” the CM said.
Appreciating the IMC’s idea of carrying out ‘Best within The Best’ survey to identify the cleanest ward in the city, the CM said “That’s an excellent idea. Competition between wards will surely enhance cleanliness in the city.” Chouhan further reminded that the city should not forget that swachh ranking will be awarded every year and thus, cleanliness of the city too will be assessed every year.
“In order to ensure Indore remains No. 1 city in cleanliness and hygiene, the city needs to setup new target, and I have learnt that the city already has got that. The torch of cleanliness should keep on burning,” the CM said. He reiterated that 22 out of top 100 cities, which figured in the swachh rankings, were from MP and the government wants the number to increase further. “Open-defecation-free (ODF) status to state will of course help in that direction. By 2019, every household in the state will have a toilet,” he stated.
On conservation of environment the Chief Minister said “Polythene bags are very harmful to environment and the state would have to do away with them completely with a suitable alternative.” He however clarified that “Initially, people might have to face some inconvenience in absence of a better alternative to the plastic bags, but they must cooperate for a better cause.”
Doklam win proof of Modi’s leadership skills: Chouhan
Praising Narendra Modi as a statesman, the CM said that “Everybody by now has witnessed his leadership skills, and India’s victory over China in Doklam standoff is a proof of that.” He said that it was indeed a matter of pride to see Prime Minister of Japan doing a road show with Modi. “Earlier, people used to say open defecation cannot be stopped. Modi not only changed the practice, but also the mind-set of people, who used to believe nothing can’t be changed in this country,” he added.
Indoreans must reduce per capita garbage by bringing behavioural change: Mayor
Mayor Malini Gaud in her address said that IMC has gone further deep into the micro level with throwing up a competition before schools, apartments, commercial buildings and other establishments to take up swachh challenge. “Best within the Best is not just for wards. We have brought commercial buildings, colleges, schools, apartments, hostels and markets also under its ambit. Quality Council of India (QCI) will conduct survey in the city to establish level of cleanliness in wards, schools, hostel, hospitals and market places,” she said. Elaborating that the IMC had set some goals on its own to retain cleanest city tag in 2018 too, the mayor said “As per government survey, per capita generation of garbage in urban area is 450-500 gram and rural area is 200-250 gram. We want Indoreans to reduce per capita garbage generation by at least 10 per cent by bringing behavioural change in themselves,” she said, adding that the IMC has planned to convert wet waste into manner at ward level and install composter on large campuses of schools.