Friday, November 13, 2009
Gangtok,Nov13: A workshop on Hygiene Management and Environmental Sanitation in Schools, jointly organized by State Rural Management Development Department (RMDD) and SULABH International, was inaugurated Wednesday at conference hall of Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School. RMD Minister Mr. CB Karki, chief guest, inaugurated the workshop. Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Mr. NK Pradhan, was guest of honour. SULABH International’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Mr. S Tripathi, RMDD Secretary AK Ganeriwala were present on the occasion.
In his address, chief guest Mr. Karki said, till 1988, there was no proper sanitation management and facilities in the state, adding, 15-20 years back, people were not much aware about sanitation. “From last decade, State government has worked in the field of health and hygiene, as a result of Sikkim became the first state in the country to receive Nirmal Gram Rajya Puruskar”, Mr. Karki noted.
He made an appeal saying, students must make themselves a part of programmes like this. He further said, different training opportunity will make the students capable of think on various burning issues related to mankind. A child learns many things in a school, he said and urged the students for proper utilization of knowledge and information. Text studies and extra curricular activities should go hand in hand in the student life, he felt. “Sikkim is the state which has come a long way in sanitation management and education compared to others”, Mr. Karki observed.
HRD Minister Mr. Pradhan said, “We have made our position in the national scenario but we must not remain complacent with our achievements. We must think further for better achievements. Awards are the rewards for our good works”. He appealed to students to look forward and always have a positive mindset which would make them capable of more achievements. Mr. Tripathi of SULABH said that due to absence of poor maintenance, 30% toilets become useless. Other countries use human excreta for bio gas generation but we are lacking in these things.
Secretary Mr. Ganeriwala and a student of Deorali Girls Senior Secondary School also spoke on the occasion. The programme will continue up to November 16.
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