Ambassador reaffirms commitment to Swachh Bharat Mission

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
14 May 2017

In the next leg of his nomination as ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission, A & N Islands, Padmashree Naresh Chandra Lall proposes to extensively tour North and Middle Andaman and the Nicobar district. Speaking to this correspondent, Padmashree Lall, who completes six months as Swachhta ambassador on May 15, said that during the past 180 days, he toured several educational and health institutions in South Andaman sensitizing students and staff on the importance of sanitation and ill-effects of alcohol and tobacco. “In the next six months, I plan to tour North and Middle and  the Nicobar region including the southern-most tip of the country, Indira Point as part of the responsibility bestowed by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration.”
“As a dedicated citizen of the country, I wish development of these islands. I want the student community to be aware of the importance of sanitation and ill-effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Once this is achieved, there will be no need for such awareness drives in future. As part of this endeavor, I have requested the Education Department to resume Bal Sabhas in all schools of these islands. I am extremely grateful to the Secretary, Education, Tanvi Garg for according necessary permissions to visit different schools in South Andaman over the past six months,” said Mr Lal.
Refuting allegations, Padmashree Lall maintained that for all his visits in the past six months, necessary permissions were obtained from the concerned authorities. “There have been some baseless accusations that  I visited institutions without seeking permissions. On the contrary, I believe that surprise inspections are necessary to ascertain the actual situation of sanitation in schools and other government offices. Moreover, I have not asked for a single penny on expenditures incurred on such visits conducted over the past six months. Besides educational institutions, I also visited health centres in South Andaman, Municipal wards generating awareness on cleanliness in association with the Health Department and the civic body. Moreover, a short film on Swachh Bharat Mission, ill-effects of alcohol and tobacco produced by me is being screened in different schools  across these islands,” said Mr Lall vowing to carry on the initiative in future with complete devotion. 
In pursuance of directions from the Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation, New Delhi, the Administrator of these islands nominated Padmashree Naresh Chander Lall, theatre director/film maker, as ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission, A & N Islands on November 15, 2016. “As a film-maker, the last six months as ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission has been relatively a new and challenging experience for me. I’m grateful to the Prime Minister of India, Lt. Governor and the Administration for giving me the opportunity. Whether I remain the ambassador or not, I will continue to carry forward the message of cleanliness,” he added.