By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, Jan 13: Following the announcement of the results of the Cleanliness Survey 2023, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami convened a meeting with senior officials at his residence on Saturday. He instructed the implementation of a large-scale cleanliness campaign throughout the state. Dhami emphasized the need for both awareness about cleanliness and public participation, considering the millions of pilgrims who visit Uttarakhand’s temples. Once visitors experience the state, they should carry the message of Devbhoomi’s cleanliness to the country and the world, he opined.
Dhami has outlined a well-planned strategy to elevate the cleanliness rankings of Dehradun, Haridwar, Rudrapur, Haldwani, and Kotdwar within the next year. The adoption of best practices to improve sanitation has been emphasized. The CM also stressed the importance of continuous efforts towards city beautification and infrastructure development. Additionally, the opening of libraries in the cities was discussed. Dhami highlighted that successful campaigns related to public concerns require public participation. Therefore, it was instructed to seek full cooperation from the public and social organizations in the cleanliness campaign. Furthermore, each district and Block should establish a library and provide useful books for the general public and those preparing for competitive examinations.
The Chief Minister emphasized the need for a comprehensive plan to raise the cleanliness ranking of Dehradun, Haridwar, Rudrapur, Haldwani and Kotdwar within a year. It was suggested to adopt the best practices implemented in states that have achieved significant progress in cleanliness. He urged continuous efforts towards city beautification and infrastructure development. He reiterated that campaigns addressing public concerns can only succeed with public participation, and therefore, the cooperation of public and social organizations should be sought in the cleanliness campaign.
The Chief Minister expressed the importance of fostering a reading culture in the state. Instead of presenting bouquets, he suggested presenting booksto guests attending various programmes.