Special Correspondent

District-level pre-monsoon review

Call to use modern techniques for waste disposal

Elaborate awareness campaign planned

KANNUR: Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has called for people’s co-operation for the garbage-free campaign and sanitation activities being launched at the local body level in the State.

Speaking at the district-level review of pre-monsoon sanitation campaign here on Saturday, the Minister said that the State could not achieve much progress in waste treatment in the absence of efforts to utilise modern treatment technologies and scientific methods.

Calling upon the local bodies to take initiative in introducing such technologies and methods, he stressed the importance of co-ordinating all initiatives in the health and sanitation sectors.

He said that heads of government departments and establishments should give attention to the health and sanitation issues.

Directive to police

Informing that the police had been given instruction to take part in the campaign as much as possible, Mr. Balakrishnan said that the government’s plan was to make the State waste-free.

MLAs M. Prakashan, K.P. Mohanan and Ramachandran Kadannpally; District Collector Dinesh Arora; district panchayat president K.K. Narayanan; Kerala Sanitation Mission district co-ordinator Hamsa Kutty; District Medical Officer T.P. Krishnan; and District Planning Commission member K.V. Govindan were present at the review meeting.

The review meeting instructed that ward-level sanitation programmes be implemented on the basis of action plans to be prepared by ward-level sanitation committees headed by ward members.

The ward-level action plans would be co-ordinated at panchayat levels. Steps would be taken to ensure that dry day was observed every week.

Campaign plan

Elaborate campaign programmes including poster campaigns, processions, house visits and squad activities would also be organised under the aegis of Kudumbasree and Balasree units and Anganwadis.

Schools’ role

The sanitation activities would focus on public places including markets, tanks and ponds and drainage channels. A meeting of high school/ higher secondary school headmasters and PTA presidents would be held at the district panchayat hall here on May 29 as part of launching a school-level sanitation campaign.