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Street libraries at garbage dumping sites inculcate reading habits, cleanliness
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Tamenglong, November 30 2023: Amid the people's yearning for progress in Tamenglong, one of the backward districts of the State, Dr L Angshim Dangshawa (31), a young IAS officer joined Tamenglong as its new DC a few months back, and soon after his joining, he spawned new ideas to shape up the district and executed one of them towards education and public hygiene front which fetched good results.

On September 15, under his initiatives, five mini "Street Libraries" were set up at different garbage dumping sites after cleansing the trash at Tamenglong town at the district Headquarters about 145 kms from Imphal.



Street libraries at garbage dumping sites inculcate reading habits, cleanliness
Street libraries at garbage dumping sites inculcate reading habits, cleanliness


The library stands without lock in different colour shades at five locations - TBC Junction, Old Market, Rani Gaidinliu Market, Medical Gate and Bethel Church Road Junction- at the town.

Inspiring quotes are also written on the shelves as one of them reads "The reader does not steal and the thief does not read" .

According to Dangshawa, the small project has been taken up to instil in the minds of young children to learn, maintain discipline and sincerity as well as the general public to keep the town neat and clean.

The DC, along with his subordinate staff and the public cleansed the areas and set up the mini libraries.

It was part of the 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign under the theme, "Free Garbage India" which ended on October 2 .

The mini library initiative is working successfully as a team of journalists, who visited the district a few days back, found them functional with young students thronging them.

No garbage was also found in the street library areas.

"Many people have donated books for the street libraries.

So far, the libraries are functional with young children coming and taking books.

In some cases, they have returned the books and, in some cases, they have not returned.

Some students have also put new books by themselves," the young IAS officer said.

Dangshawa continued that he has taken up some other new initiatives in the health and education sectors in the district which also yielded good results.

A standard-VIII student of Kendriya Vidyalaya Jaikanglung, who was searching books at one of the libraries said "This is my first time visiting this library.

I have chosen a book to read and after reading I'll return it" .

His friends who had been visiting the library frequently said they were very happy to have such a library here.

President of Rongmei Naga Students' Organisation Manipur (RNSOM) Daichui Gangmei, while appreciating the DC's smart library initiative urged all philanthropists of the district to donate more books to the street library.


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