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Set new standards in living: Pinarayi

NGO Union workers clean the premises of the Kozhikode Medical College onSaturday as part of a cleanliness campaign launched by the Communist Partyof India (Marxist). — PHOTO: K. RAGESH

NGO Union workers clean the premises of the Kozhikode Medical College onSaturday as part of a cleanliness campaign launched by the Communist Partyof India (Marxist). — PHOTO: K. RAGESH  

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Call for concerted efforts to keep the State free of garbage

: Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has called for a change in the mindset of the people to create a new living culture with social consciousness.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating a cleanliness drive initiated by the NGO Union, Kozhikode district committee, at Kozhikode Government Medical College Hospital here on Saturday. He said Kerala was in the forefront when it came to literary and education status, but unfortunately lagged far behind in social living.

The human development index was high in the State when compared to other States. But the people had failed to achieve better social living in keeping with the State’s literary, health, and educational reputation, he said.

He said water bodies in the State had turned into waste dump yards. Traders and residents “intentionally” littered public spaces with garbage, he said. The need of the hour was to change the current scenario. Otherwise this dangerous tendency would pose a threat to the standard of living now enjoyed by society and the eco-system, Mr. Vijayan said.

He said a concerted effort was required to keep the State clean and tidy. Each individual had a responsibility. Such an initiative should be started from every household. Everyone should take a pledge and act to keep her/his house and it premises free of garbage, he said.

The CPI (M) leader also lauded the ongoing campaigns untaken by various organisations to curb the menace of garbage.

Presiding over the function, A. Pradeepkumar, MLA, said the Kozhikode Government Medical College was a major source of waste in the city.

A system should be put in place to dispose of the waste generated from the hospital within its own premises. The State government should adopt measures to set up a waste treatment plant at the medical college, he said.

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