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Kollam: The government has directed that no waste removal procedures of local self-government bodies should be interrupted amid lockdown. Panchayat director has instructed all panchayats to monitor activities of Haritha Karma Sena and submit reports.
“With lockdown imposed, waste should not be ignored. With people staying at homes, it is noticed that waste is thrown here and there. Piling up of waste might lead to other diseases like dengue and leptospirosis. Hence the decision was taken to exercise caution," authorities said.
The activities of Haritha Karma Sena and Clean Kerala company have been included in essential services. Waste should be removed using their service. Panchayat should arrange for temporarily storing non-biodegradable waste materials. This should be taken to processing plants in proper intervals.
All details regarding the Haritha Karma Sena, including the number of members and the amount of waste collected should be recorded. Deputy directors have been entrusted with the duty of collecting reports from panchayats and sending them to panchayat directors.
Haritha Keralam Mission has initiated a waste management drive along with COVID-19 prevention activities, so as to prevent all epidemics.