Mawlynnong, A village where tidying up is a ritual that from tiny toddlers to toothless grannies everyone takes very seriously. This small 600-person town in Meghalaya is known as the cleanest village in India.
It was declared the cleanest village in Asia in 2003 and cleanest in India in 2005 by Discover India magazine. Prime minister Modi acknowledged Mawlynnong as the cleanest village in Meghalaya and a model for the rest of the country in a radio address in 2015.
Children take broom in their hand and start cleaning before going to school. They sweep dead leaves and garbage. The children are also responsible for emptying the rubbish bins. These dustbins are made of bamboo in a conical shape. They separate the organic waste from burnable trash. Biodegradable waste are buried to make fertilizer and everything else is driven far away from the village.
There’s normal daily routine of cleaning for children and adults, then extra on Saturdays when the leader assigns out “social work” to be completed for the good of the society. Social work like for kids, cleaning their school.
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