Kohima | October 14: Nagaland is all set to receive a prestigious award from the Government of India, the Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award 2008 in sanitation. Minister for PHED Dr. Ngangshi K. Ao today said that under Nirmal Gram Puraskar Award 2008, after a thorough inspection by a central team from Government of India, eight villages from Nagaland were certified as fully-sanitized villages.
“It means clean villages, where there are cent-per-cent sanitary latrines and proper disposal of solid and liquid wastes,” the minister said. President of India Pratibha Patil will give away the awards to the villages’ heads at a function to be held at Guwahati on October 20 this year. Terming the award as a great honor to the state and the PHE department in particular, Dr. Ngangshi said it should be taken as a challenge for other villages to emulate.