South Goa Collector Dr Tariq Thomas on Friday that though waste disposal is a big challenge, the people of the state are being sensitised on cleanliness and a change in that direction was happening.
He was speaking as chief guest at Swachh Survakshan Grameen programme at the Collectorate here.
“Waste disposal is a challenge. However, now, people are talking about it and a change is coming. Four years ago, nobody laid stress on swachhata, but today we see people coming forward in that regard,” the Collector said, adding that, the directorate of panchayats was moving ahead in that direction.
He appealed to the sarpanchas and panchas at the programme to make efforts to keep their respective villages clean and assured his support for the cause.
He launched the district Swachh Survakshan Grameen 2018 programme in the presence of additional collector Agnelo Pereira, director of panchayats Ajit Panchwadkar, additional directors of panchayats Pundalik Kurjuvekar and Florina Colaco e Fernandes, deputy director Snehal Sawant, deputy collector Triveni Velip.
Director of panchayats and director of Swachh Bharat Mission (Goa) Panchwadkar said unless there was a mindset change, achieving the goal of making Goa swacch would be an uphill task. He said the Swachh Survakshan Gramin will lay emphasis on construction of toilets, cleaning of roads before October 2, 2019, with an aim to make Goa cleaner.
On the occasion, an app was launched on which sarpanchas and panchas will have to send their feedback.
The central ministry has appointed an agency which will conduct survey of 14 villages –7 in each districts of Goa. The agency will conduct the survey independently and would submit a report to the Centre on sanitation.
Expressing his views, Majorda sarpanch Agnelo Pereira said that they have 500 square metres of land for waste segregation in the village.
Collem sarpanch said their panchayat is focusing on plastic waste and after awareness the villagers have started handing over plastic garbage. Aquem-Baixo sarpanch Siddesh Bhagat also explained about panchayat’s efforts towards garbage collection. He criticised the government for not delegating powers to sarpanchas and sufficient funds to develop villages.