In 2014, the government of India initiated Clean India Mission to eliminate open defecation and to improve solid waste management . Though the mission aimed to achieve an open-defecation-free India, respecting nature by keeping it clean is also part of the package as it is a solemn duty of every Indian citizen. But unfortunately, with the kind of attitude some people have towards the environment, the aim to achieve a Clean India is but a distant dream.

Recently Nagaland government in an effort to create awareness on cleanliness and better waste management among the people awarded the best performing Urban Local Bodies with six different awards. Chümoukedima Town Council and Dimapur Municipal Council were awarded as the ‘Cleanest ULBs’ during the first-ever state function of the “Cleanest ULBs and Wards Awards- 2022 Nagaland” held at Capital Convention Center, Kohima.

Altogether 17 awards in six categories were given to the ULBs with the common parameter of the utilization of plastic waste, garbage vulnerable point, elimination of single-use plastics and public contribution in waste management.The first category of award was based on ULBs with a waste management system in place and assessed under different 13 parameters, while the second category also falls under ULBs putting a waste management system in place and the third under ULBs aiming to introduce a waste management system. They were assessed under different 9 parameters. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio gracing the occasion handed over the awards along with Advisor for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Dr Neikiesalie Kire.

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