On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, ‘Swachhta Shapath’, under the Swachh Bharat Mission, was administered in all UT administration offices on Thursday.
Adviser to the administrator, KK Sharma, administered the pledge to all UT employees in the secretariat compound, Sector 9, Chandigarh.
Prior to that, home secretary, UT, Chandigarh, Anil Kumar, spoke on Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India.
He said it was the duty of the citizens to keep the country neat and clean. KK Sharma, in his address, appreciated the involvement of the employees and the public in this mission.
He also released a poster published by the director of public relations, UT Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Hotel and Restaurant Association, Chandigarh.
Those present included home secretary Anil Kumar, finance secretary Sarvajit Singh, legal remembrance Gulab Singh, additional secretary (home) SB Deepak Kumar, joint secretary (home) and director of public relations MM Sabharwal, chief architect Sumit Kaur, chief engineer SK Chadha and senior office-bearers of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Chandigarh.
Railway station cleaned
Chandigarh: As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, railway station authorities held a special cleanliness and awareness drive on Thursday. The officers and staff also pledged to maintain cleanliness. Leading the campaign, local member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher broomed the station.
Local superintendent RK Dutta said through the campaign, efforts were made to ensure involvement of passengers and to educate them and the railway staff about the necessity of keeping the railway premises clean.
MC staff take oath
Chandigarh: Member of Parliament Kirron Kher, city mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan, senior deputy mayor Heera Negi, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and other officers of the civic body, along with representatives of market associations, pledged to maintain cleanliness at a function organised by the municipal corporation (MC) at Sector-17 Plaza on Thursday.
Mayor Kalyan paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi before taking the pledge of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and emphasised the need to spread awareness about keeping households and surroundings clean.
MC takes cleanliness drive to Manimajra
Chandigarh: Municipal corporation carried out cleanliness drives in Manimajra, Indira Colony, Modern Housing Complex, Subhash Nagar, Pipliwala Town, Darshani Bagh, Shanti Nagar and Marhiwala Town on Thursday.
Scattered malba and garbage, including horticulture waste, was removed from these areas by deploying extra manpower and machinery.
MC safaikarmacharis also took out a rally along with volunteers of Nirankari Mission Organisation.
scribes too join the campaign
SAS Nagar: The officials of SAS Nagar municipal corporation and members of SAS Nagar Press Club and resident welfare associations pledged for a clean India at a function held at Press Club in Phase 7 on Thursday.
While speaking on the occasion, MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said, “We have to make every possible effort to make our city clean and green forever. We will not only organise cleanliness drives but also hold awareness sessions, seminars, workshops etc. to increase the contribution of people towards environment.”
Police to weed out old records
CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Police administered the ‘Swachhta Shapath’ to all cops at the police headquarters, police stations, police posts, police lines, and units, including traffic, security, economic offences, woman and child support, and crime, on Thursday.
Senior police officials said physical cleanliness of police establishments would be ensured by voluntary employee participation. An awareness campaign to make cleanliness a way of life would be launched and extended to residential compounds, such as police colonies, in various parts in the city.
They said the record of police establishments would be analysed to weed out old records, and condemned and obsolete items, to free office space and compounds of police buildings. The waste material would be disposed of in an environment-friendly way and would be recycled wherever possible, they added.
Deaf and Dumb society celebrates Gandhi Jayanti
Chandigarh: The North Zone Deaf and Dumb Society celebrated Gandhi Jayanti and Lal Bahadur Shashtri Jayanti at the Rose Garden on Thursday.
Former member of Parliament and BJP leader Satya Pal Jain participated in the event and assured the society of putting their grievances before the Prime Minister.
On the occasion, Jain, along with society president Jagjit Singh, participated in a cleanliness drive by cleaning the Rose Garden. The society members also pledged to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings.
Markfed staff pledges to keep surroundings clean
Chandigarh: As a part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, managing director of Markfed, administered oath of cleanliness to the Markfed staff at Sector 35 on Thursday. Addressing the staff, Singh said that this oath should be practically implemented in order to make our surroundings clean. After taking oath, staff was asked to begin the drive from their seats.
Centre conducts cleanliness drive
SAS Nagar: As part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, a Swachhta Pledge was administered to employees of Electronics Test and Development Centre (ETDC) in SAS Nagar. A cleanliness drive was also held. ETDC director Rarvinder Sahi urged all employees to voluntarily participate in the mission.
SAS Nagar admn staff to devote 100 hrs a year
SAS Nagar: On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, deputy commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu took a sanitation pledge at the district administrative complex on Thursday.
Officials vowed to remain committed towards cleanliness and devote 100 hours per year towards voluntary sanitation work. Chairperson of the district planning committee Amanjot Kaur Ramuwalia, chairman of Zila Parishad, Paramjit Kaur Wadali, senior superintendent of police Indermohan Singh Bhatti were among those present.
Meanwhile, sanitation pledges were taken by rural development and panchayat minister Sikandar Singh Maluka and chief parliamentary secretary N Sharam at Dera Bassi, MC commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta at Municipal Bhawan, sub-divisional magistrate Sukhjit Pal Singh at Kharar, civil surgeon Dr Neelam Bhardwaj at Civil Hospital.
AAP volunteers clean Maloya Park
Chandigarh: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers cleaned the Maloya Park to mark Gandhi Jayanti on Thursday.
Besides cleaning litter, AAP volunteers raised the matter of safai karamcharis, who worked on contract, and were being exploited by contractors. The volunteers said the workers were thrown out of jobs for no reason, and were not regularised even after working for many years.
The AAP volunteers will continue to focus on cleanliness even after October 2.
Armed forces pledge support
Chandigarh: Answering Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to clean up the country, the armed forces launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on Thursday.
A weeklong campaign was undertaken to clean up the Chandimandir Military Station. Banners and posters were displayed at prominent places advocating the importance of cleanliness.
Air Force station
Officers pledged their support to the cause, after which they undertook cleaning of different areas. Air Commodore SK Indoria said 12 Wing, Air Force Station would devote one day every week towards this campaign. Debates, essay competitions and tree plantation drives were also undertaken.
Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment
SASE has initiated a campaign to generate awareness on cleanliness. SASE director Ashwagosha Ganju cleaned the lawns of Him Parisar Complex and the Mini Rose Garden, Sector 2. He was joined by senior scientists, officers and staff members. An essay competition on the Swachh Bharat campaign was also organised on Tuesday at the office complex.
Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory
Staffers of the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory pledged to keep their homes and work place clean. They also promised to contribute 100 hours a day to the campaign. Over scientists, officers and staff members participated in the event.
State Bank of India staff plant saplings
Chandigarh: State Bank of India, local head office, Sector 17, launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on Thursday. Chief general manager, SBI, Chandigarh Circle, Lingaraj Mahapatra, along with other circle management members and staff took the ‘Cleanliness Pledge’. Mahapatra and other members also planted saplings and participated in the drive. Mahapatra said SBI always protected the environment. He said the bank would take utmost care to create an impact through the mission and all staff members would devote a minimum of 100 hours of voluntary cleaning during the year.
Mohali Industrialists remember gandhi
SAS Nagar: Mohali Industries Association, SAS Nagar, launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ campaign on Thursday. Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, SAS Nagar, Uma Shankar Gupta, inaugurated the campaign. He asked all members to take an oath to keep their surroundings clean. Chief executive officer of Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company, Government of Punjab, JM Balamurugan, Mahatma Gandhi had emphasised on the importance of cleanliness and it was the responsibility of the citizens in taking this mission forward.
Residents rally for a clean country
Rupnagar: Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at a function held at Maharaja Ranjit Singh Bagh on Thursday. Residents pledged their support for the cause and took part in a rally which was flagged off by deputy commissioner Tanu Kashyap.
Meanwhile, Punjab Industries minister Madan Mohan Mittal and Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna started a cleanliness drive at Anandpur Sahib and Nangal, respectively.