The Swachh Bharat campaign seems to have its roots from this Indian Village, Mawlynnong. This village from the Indian State of Meghalaya is much known for its cleanliness should have inspired the Indian Government to initiate the Swachh Bharat campaign. Twice awarded for its cleanliness by the travel magazine Discover India in 2005 (The Cleanest in India) and 2003 (The Cleanest in Asia); the clean tagline has caught up with this village.
Situated in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya State, Mawlynnlong is 90 km away from its state capital, Shillong. The natives of the village belong to Khasi tribe and the society is a Matriarchal one; family property is transferred from mother to their daughters. The village, as of June 2015 has 500 members with 100% Literacy rate. Agriculture is their chief occupation with betel leafs being the chief crop.
Known for its sanitation; each household has dustbins made of bamboo where the wastes are stored piled and subsequently dropped into a pit and used as manure. Adherence to cleanliness and sanitation seems to have started around the beginning of 20th century when cholera plagued the village. With no medical facilities available, proper sanitation methods ensured their survival; from then on cleanliness and sanitation has become an integral part of their daily lives.
A documentary film on the village – “Mawlynnong – God’s Own Garden” directed by Wallambok Alexander Kharkongor and Jonmejoy Tamuly explores the natural beauty of the village and its lifestyle.
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