About The Movement

'Cleanliness is next to godliness' is a saying that resonates well with the Mizo community since its early tryst with Christianity. And the community by and large associated good hygiene with high moral value and spiritual purity since then. However despite its high moral stand, the State of Mizoram has never attained at least the tenth position among the cleanest States in India. Efforts to make our State cleaner need to be given a serious thought and initiatives are required to be taken with the involvement of all and sundry.

Every year some 3.4 million people die, mostly children, from diseases related to inadequate and polluted drinking water supply, bad sanitation and bad hygiene. According to the World Health Organisation, over half of the hospital beds in the world are filled with people suffering from water-borne diseases and poor sanitation related diseases. In the context of Mizoram the conditions may be just as heartrending which by no means augur well for the propitious future of the State.

Mizoram, though a land of picturesque mountains covered with dense green foliage, wrinkled by meandering streams and once abound with enchanting flora and fauna is being gradually deprived of its majestic beauty by the very people who inhabit and lived off the land. No one will argue that the natural beauty of Mizoram, as it were, would fetch untold prosperity from tourism industry alone. It is now crucial to take corrective steps to bring back our only land to its former glory. Imbuing a sense of responsibility to the people towards cleanliness will go a long way to atone for the mistakes committed consciously and unconsciously in marring the purity of our native land.

It is up to us to decide if our beloved State would be eulogized as one of the cleanest States or be labelled as a big garbage dump, disease laden and strewn with filth in the years to come. Our actions now will dictate our fate and we need to be reminded more than ever before that delayed efforts will render irreversible damage to our State. Hence, for a start, the Clean Mizoram Movement is envisaged to inculcate cleanliness-ethics among students from elementary to collegiate levels.

Students’ participation in the cleanliness movement, given their zeal and vigour directed towards exemplary objectives will be a force to be reckoned with. Through the right approach, the whole community will, in time, be made aware about the importance of cleanliness for our overall betterment and in due course of time Mizoram may even attain an accolade for the cleanest State in our country and become a land which people from other States and abroad would love to frequent.

"Together we can make a difference."

Aims and Objectives of Clean Mizoram Movement.

  • To educate the public at large about the importance of community participation for a successful cleanliness campaign through mass media, training and seminars etc.
  • To instil a sense of responsibility in each and every individual, starting with the students, in order to inculcate better understanding on personal hygiene and maintaining cleanliness with duty bound dedication, thereby setting right the mindset of the community as a whole.
  • To inculcate the vision of Clean Mizoram to the younger generations using schools and other institutions, from the elementary to the collegiate level.
  • To reduce the incidence of or eradicate water and air borne diseases through improved personal hygiene and cleaner living environment.
  • To improve the standing of the State such that it may earn the name for the cleanest and healthiest State in India.
  • To form and mobilize a people’s task force to ensure thorough encompassing of the community in the cleanliness movement.
  • To preserve and restore the natural beauty of the State in order to promote ecotourism and to make Mizoram become one of the important tourist destinations in India.
  • To make our cities, towns and villages refuge and waste free through systematic disposal of garbage and awareness of the public of cleanliness ethics.
  • To build community awareness on public hygiene and sanitation through combined efforts of the Government and social agencies.
  • To encourage recycling of plastics and other recyclable materials and to formulate   methodical means for switching over from pollutants such as plastic bags etc. to biodegradable materials.
  • To bring about convergence of all line departments of the  Government and oversee performance of concerted endeavours of the Government Departments and the whole community for successful implementation of the movement.

Organogram of Clean Mizoram: State Level

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District Level

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Roles and responsibilities of each Stakeholder:

State level:

  1. Role of Patron:
    • Make arrangement for convergence of various relevant departments under the State Govt.
    • Arrange additional fund from the untied fund of the State Govt. for the programme.
    • Provide funds for various equipment and infrastructural requirements like Drainage, Dust-Bin, Toilet, equipment for solid and liquid waste management, etc. through various relevant CSS/departments.
  2. Chairman:
    • Lead and control all the stakeholders so as to successfully run the programme.
    • May invite upto 3 members from amongst other Ministers/ Parliamentary Secretaries.
  3. Vice Chairman:
    • Monitor and supervise each and every stakeholder for successful implementation of the programme
    • Facilitate communication between and among the stakeholders.
    • Provide support and advice to the Chairman
  4. Member Secretary:
    • Maintain records of the system of implementation of the programme
    • Maintain administrative structure of the programme
    • Allocate areas where the agency would be responsible for running of the programme
    • Organise ‘cleanliness day’ for the general public at least twice in a year.
    • Review the programme and organise meetings on a quarterly basis
    • Documentation of the programme
    • May invite upto 2 members from amongst prominent citizens.
  5. Members:
    • Sensitize the members of the Organisation which he/she represents the importance of cleanliness
    • Protect water sources and use clean water for drinking and washing
    • Sensitize students of schools & colleges and encourage them to observe at least one day to clean their institutions and its surroundings
    • Ensure safe toilet and repair unsafe toilet from available sources or suggest means of acquiring safe toilet from locally available material with simple and affordable design
    • Ensure proper drainage, cleaning existing drainage, make available dust-bin in various locations, frequent collection of garbage from every locality, dispose the garbage safely and ensure ecological sanitation of villages, towns and cities
    • Beautification and cleanliness of villages, towns and cities with a fit-in local customs, beliefs and desires
    • Convey importance of personal cleanliness
    • Ensure solid and liquid waste management system in schools, colleges and communities from available sources of fund from various Govt. departments.
  6. Ambassador:
    • Motivate all the agencies for the Clean Mizoram movement
    • Organise awareness campaign on the importance of cleanliness among the community with the help of audio and visual forms of communication like radio and mobile jingles, public service announcement for electronic and print media, television programme, public gathering etc.

District level:

  1. Chairman:
    • Lead and control all the stakeholders so as to successfully run the programme at the district level
    • Arrange convergence of various relevant Govt. departments at the district level
    • May invite upto 2 members from amongst prominent citizens.
  2. Vice-Chairman:
    • Monitor and supervise each and every stakeholder for successful implementation of the programme at the district level
    • Support and advice the Chairman
  3. Member Secretary:
    • Maintain records of the system of implementation of the programme at the district level
    • Maintain administrative structure of the programme at the district level
    • Call meetings at regular interval of time at the district level
    • Allocate areas where the agency would be responsible for running of the programme at the district level
    • Review the programme on a quarterly basis at the district level
    • Documentation of the programme at the district level
  4. Members:
    • Give awareness among all their members the importance of cleanliness at their own jurisdiction
    • Protect water sources and use clean water for drinking and washing
    • Awareness among students of elementary schools to colleges and observe at least one day for the services of public to clean their own institutions and vicinity of their own buildings
    • Ensure safe toilet and repair unsafe toilet from available sources or suggest means of acquiring safe toilet from locally available material with simple and affordable design
    • Ensure proper drainage, cleaning existing drainage, make available dust-bin in various locations, frequent collection of garbage from every locality, dispose the garbage safely and ensure ecological sanitation of villages, towns and cities
    • Beautification and cleanliness of villages, towns and cities with a fit-in local customs, beliefs and desires
    • Convey importance of personal cleanliness
    • Ensure solid and liquid waste management system in schools, colleges and communities from available sources of fund from various Govt. departments.
  5. Agencies:
    • Make a simple plan for cleanliness of vicinity of their own areas
    • Maintain cleanliness at vicinity of their own areas
    • Maintain safety of available water sources and to dispose garbage safely
    • Maintain ecological sanitation with the help of line department of the State Govt.
    • Make use of locally available material for disposable of wastes
    • Make use of public service announcement for the cleanliness programme in their own areas
    • Identify infrastructural gaps which they could not construct for themselves and inform the appropriate authority for further necessary action as per availability of resources

Fund flow:

Capital fund for implementation of the programme will be contributed by SSA and RMSA schemes from relevant activities approved under the schemes like community mobilization, community training, convergence with NGO’s etc. Expected capital fund to be contributed by both the schemes is as given below:

State Level:

SSA:

10% of community mobilization fund under management cost of SPO

District Level:

SSA:

10% of community mobilization fund under management cost of DPO

10% of community training fund under DPO

RMSA:

10% of community training fund under DPO.

In addition to this, all the stake holders (other departments/ organisation) are also expected to seek for additional fund for implementation of the programme from their relevant Department/Organisation funds.

The amount shall not be directly transferred for the programme as far as possible as it may results in adverse remark in future audit. Rather, the activities under the clean Mizoram programme will be included at the time of implementation of the said two schemes. But circumstances which may require direct payment of expenditure for implementation of the clean Mizoram programme will be granted in exceptional cases with the approval of the appropriate authority. Proper books of accounts shall be maintained for such fund received directly from the sources and will be subjected to audit by the auditors of the funding sources.

All expenditures for the programme should be incurred only with the approval of appropriate authority and detail of expenditure should be reported/submitted to the funding sources as and when required. Transparency and all codal formalities should strictly be observed while incurring any expenditure under the programme.