Politicians and bureaucrats wielded brooms on Thursday to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (clean India campaign) a success. The stage was all set for cleanliness campaign on Wednesday evening itself when the entire government machinery got geared up to make the campaign a success.
On Thursday, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached Vallabh Bhavan, where he initiated the drive. He also administered oath to the government officials and employees for maintaining cleanliness around them. Later, he reached Dussehra Maidan at Chhola Road and then proceeded to JP Hospital.
Chouhan, while addressing the gathering at JP Hospital, stressed on continuing with the drive across the state throughout the year. He said that there is nothing wrong if school students sweep floors of their schools and maintain cleanliness.
Chief secretary Anthony Desa chose to travel to village Nayapura in Raisen district, about 30 km from the state capital, to attend a programme held in a school. Home minister Babulal Gaur and director general of police (DGP) Surendra Sinh began the cleanliness drive at Habibganj police station in Bhopal. Police jawans also took part in the initiate.
Principal secretary, General Administration Department (GAD) K Suresh rather chose to adopt a more serious approach. Instead of depending on his subordinates, he took two brooms with him in his official car to Vallabh Bhavan. As the brooms were stuck out of the car, they attracted attention of those present outside Vallabh Bhavan.
"Why should I wait for someone to provide me a broom," remarked Suresh. After taking oath on the Vallabh Bhawan premises, several officials including principal secretary to CM Iqbal Singh Bains and secretary to CM Hariranjan Rao reached a slum near the secretariat and began cleaning the area.
Cleanliness drive at Kalimata temple at Talaiya area in old city remained a matter of discussion as officials of excise department chose this area for their drive. Notably, liquor is used during the Kalimata's worship in some parts.
Principal secretary Manoj Shrivastava and his team, besides officials of excise department were present there. Collector Bhopal Nishant Warwade and other officials of district administration carried the cleanliness drive on district collector's office premises.
Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) employees led by its commissioner Tejaswi Naik launched the cleanliness drive in the entire city. Other government offices too conducted the cleanliness drive.