As Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the country-wide cleanliness drive Swacch Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, Delhi government officials will be spotted with brooms, cleaning the city’s streets.
Sources said the Centre has asked the government to motivate its officials to dedicate 100 hours every year to keep the city clean. Delhi’s Chief Secretary has asked every public employee to identify dirty areas and clean them as part of the Clean India Campaign.
Terming the contribution as Shram Daan, the officials are supposed to dedicate a few hours every week to cleaning the city, including their offices.
The Delhi police too have been roped in. Senior officials said district DCPs and heads of different units of the crime branch have been asked to monitor the cleanliness drive. They have also been told to be personally involved in cleaning their offices.
“Every police station is purchasing brooms and gloves and the best police station will be given an award. Similarly, it has been suggested that the cleanest residential colony will get an award in recognition of their efforts,” said a senior police officer.
The transport, education, labour, food and supplies and other departments of the Delhi government have been asked to come up with an action plan regarding the number of hours that each employee would be contributing to the cleanliness drive.
“Every employee has to dedicate a few hours to clean the city in whichever capacity they can. Senior officials have been asked to oversee the work and maintain record of the hours put in by each employee. Every district has been asked to identify areas in their jurisdiction that needs to be cleaned,” said a senior Delhi government official.
As part of the drive, the government will build new toilets, specially for women, and repair the existing ones. Besides cleaning public places and government premises, the drive will cover industrial areas. Debris and garbage, estimated to be more than 600 trucks, will be removed.