A month before Commonwealth Games kicks off, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, on Friday, donned the cap of a civic overseer and took on the onus of getting rid of dengue-causing mosquitoes within a fortnight.
Dengue has infected 1,155 and killed three in Delhi this year. The cleanliness drive begins on Monday with a deadline to cover 80 per cent of the Capital within two weeks. The move is part of Centre’s efforts to get various agencies — Municipal Corporation of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council, Indian Railways, Delhi Cantonment Board and Public Works Department — to avoid a blame game.
“So far the agencies responsible had been working on their own, but now I’ll ensure there’s a coordinated effort. With the Games around the corner, we can’t afford more delay,” he said.