Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to celebrate 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. The Cabinet Secretary has asked all ministries and departments to carry out a cleanliness drive in government buildings till October 2.
All government servants will have to take a pledge, the Swachta Shapath, which is circulated by the Urban Development Ministry, on October 2.
The oath in Hindi will be administered to all government servants at 9:45 am on October 2 and would bind them to pledge 100 hours of cleaning every year. Though the cleanliness drive is being called voluntary, the order from UD makes it mandatory to keep government offices open on the forenoon of October 2.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon every Indian to do his utmost to make the “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, to be launched on Gandhi Jayanti Thursday, a success.
He said, “I call upon every Indian to do his utmost to make a success of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by the government to ensure hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the country.” Adding, “I also call upon everyone concerned to work hard to achieve the goal of toilets in every home by 2019 – the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji’s birth.”
According to reports, the Cabinet Secretary has sought a detailed report from government secretaries about specific plan of action to commemorate the ‘Swachta Diwas’.
The Prime Minister is about to visit the Valmiki Sadan near Lutyens Delhi, the India Gate Boat Club and flag off a marathon from India Gate to kickstart the Swachta Diwas.
According to reports, President said, “Gandhiji believed that cleanliness is next only to godliness. Let us pledge this day to convert cleanliness into a national passion. Every road, every path, every office, every home, every hut, every stream and every particle in the air around us can and must be kept clean.”
As part of the drive, the Railway Ministry has procured 10,000 brooms and plans to clean 119 railway stations. Modi had given a call for ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyaan’ from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15 and followed it up with a promise to clean India to NRIs in Madison Square Garden, New York.
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