Shillong, June 3 : As part of Swachhta Bharat Mission, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is celebrating Swachhta Pakhwada 2023 from 1st July to 15th July 2023. As part of the Pakhawada, National Sample Survey Office, Field Operations Division, Regional Office Shillong had organised an Awareness Programme on public health, hygiene and sanitation at AW Thomas Girls’ Home, Jaiaw Lumsyntiew, Shillong. The programme was attended by Officers and staff of the office of NSSO (FOD) and the Officials of the Home along with children residing in the orphanage.

Speaking at the event, Shri N. Mohondas Singh, Joint Director and Regional Head, NSSO (FOD) RO, Shillong emphasized importance of public hygiene and maintaining sanitation for healthy body. Smt. O. Sumer, District Health Education officer, Govt of Meghalaya explained to the children at the Home about importance of maintaining hygiene especially in female children about management of menstrual health. Smt. M. Nongrum, Assistant Director, NSSO (FOD) RO, Shillong, said that Meghalaya has a history of maintaining clean environment, and advised the children to maintain cleanliness. The program was also attended by other senior officers of NSSO (FOD) RO Shillong. A sanitizer dispenser filled liquid sanitizer was also donated by NSSO (FOD), RO Shillong to the Home along with hygiene products like hand washes etc. As a gesture of social responsibility and love, all the staffs including contractual staffs donated money and food items like rice, dals, oil etc. to the children.

NSSO (FOD) RO Shillong, also organized a cleaning drive and plantation of tree saplings at Malki Forest as part of the celebration of Swachhta Pakhwada 2023.