One Lakh Hands initiative launched in Hyderabad

One Lakh Hands initiative launched in Hyderabad
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The Ministry of Urban Development has commissioned a survey to the Quality Council of India (QCI), to review the sanitation and hygiene conditions in 75 major cities including 53 cities with a population of above 10 lakh each and state capitals

Hyderabad: The Ministry of Urban Development has commissioned a survey to the Quality Council of India (QCI), to review the sanitation and hygiene conditions in 75 major cities including 53 cities with a population of above 10 lakh each and state capitals, said Ms. Shubha Thakur, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, GOI. Speaking to the media at GHMC office, she said that the survey is the first such survey since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October, 2014.

She was in Hyderabad to take note of the work undertaken by the city municipals under the government’s flagship program – Swachh Bharat Mission. Hyderabad, a priority city and one of the 10 cities selected by the Center for intensification of the initiative, is projected as a model city that can pave the way for fulfillment of the mission’s objectives in the other towns and cities respectively.

She launched the ‘One Lakh Hands’ project, an innovative initiative to involve the citizens of Hyderabad and evangelize them to be a part of the mission at the Meridian School in Banjara Hills. She briefed the school students about the importance Swachh Bharat Mission and maintaining cleanliness in the city.

“The One Lakh Hands project is to sensitize communities, and especially children, on various issues affecting urban cleanliness and to encourage them to be a part of the solution. The need for children to be aware of such issues is crucial, for us to be able to create a positive impact on our younger generation and help them cultivate the habit of maintaining cleanliness in their city”, said Ms. Shubha Thakur.

Further elaborating on the launch, Ms. Thakur said “It’s a first of its kind initiative, and through the One Lakh Hands project the government aims to sensitize and engage students and their parents directly to solve the issue of waste management in Hyderabad.” Through the One Lakh Hands campaign, the government plans to reach out to over 100 different schools and over 1 Lakh students across Hyderabad over the next two months, through phone calls, mails, personal visits and meetings. The community activation platform being built through the program will encourage citizens to act in their individual capacities and be a part of the solution.
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