Three-Day Programme To Be Organised For Independence Day
Kamrup (Metro) district administration is set to observe a three-day programme for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations.
Addressing a press meet on Thursday, August 8, deputy commissioner Kamrup (Metro) Biswajit Pegu, said that the celebrations will take place from August 13-15 and programmes on different themes will be undertaken each day.
For August 13, a Swachhta drive would be conducted under which cleaning of statues of freedom fighters, martyrs, leading citizens along with cleaning of parks and distribution and plantation of saplings will take place.
Further, essay-writing, painting and speech competition will be held in schools and colleges. The district administration would hand out cash prizes to the winners of these competitions.
Additionally, cultural programmes with patriotic song competition will take place in the evening.
“The second day of the Independence Day celebrations will see awareness rallies and quiz competitions in educational institutions. Also, street plays on drug awareness will be held. Apart from this, an Independence Day Run for Unity will be held in every district,” informed Pegu.
On the other hand, the district administration will host the main programme on August 15 with ceremonial flag hoisting which will see participation from students, NGOs and leaders among others.
Additionally, on the occasion of Independence Day, felicitation of persons who showed exemplary service during the recent floods, personalities related to “Mann Ki Baat,” progressive farmers and sports personalities will also take place.
“We will also organise free thematic cinema shows about patriotism which will be screened for students,” said the DC.
Swachhta drive with cleaning of statues of freedom fighters, martyrs, leading citizens, parks
Distribution and plantation of saplings
Essay-writing, painting, speech competition in schools and colleges
Cultural programmes with patriotic song competition
Awareness rallies, quiz competitions in educational institutions.
Street plays on drug awareness
Independence Day Run for Unity in every district
Main programme with ceremonial flag hoisting
Participation from students, NGOs and leaders among others
Felicitation of persons who showed exemplary service during the recent floods, personalities related to “Mann Ki Baat,” progressive farmers and sports personalities
Thematic cinema shows about patriotism to be screened for students
Special task force formed to check plastic waste
Deputy Commissioner Kamrup (Metro) district, Biswajit Pegu, informed that they have noticed that during the Bol Bom celebrations, a stretch of GS Road becomes especially dirty with littered plastic bottles and plastic glasses.
“It has been seen that the devotees litter the road side with plastic bottles and glasses. In order to check this, we have constituted special task force in consultation with the temple committees,” informed Pegu.
He added that keeping this in mind, the entire Guwahati-Shillong Road (GS Road) has been divided into five zones and one task force will be present in each zone to ensure cleanliness.
The DC mentioned that the task force will consist of officials from the police, Guwahati Municipal Corporation, volunteers as well as district administration members.
“Our basic aim with this initiative is to bring in some behavioural change in the general public.
The GMC workers will perform their duty and clean the garbage every day but if there is no positive response or cooperation from the citizens then it would be very difficult to bring in some change,” said Pegu adding that their motive is not to impose fines and penalties but to encourage people to throw garbage only in dustbins and thereby to avoid littering.
Along similar lines, the GMC had recently launched flying squads with the aim to penalise city residents for littering and spitting on roads, footpaths, road dividers or any other public place.
With a view to make the city cleaner and more hygienic, the GMC launched a total of six flying squads last month.
These squads were launched to look into the garbage collection system of the city. They are equipped with a vehicle and all necessary equipment to clear out garbage dumped on roadsides and they keep moving around different areas of the city.
The flying squads consist of six multi-tasking workers equipped with tools and all necessary equipment to clear out garbage dumped on roadsides. Each team is headed by a supervisor from the GMC.
The squads have also been given the responsibility to monitor the work of the NGOs involved in door-to-door collection of garbage in the city.