For the Union information and broadcasting ministry, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will mean more than just clean toilets and public places.
The ministry has drawn up an activity calendar for the next one year to tackle pending work and mounting waste. While most ministries have periodically carried out cleanliness drives to clear junk, the calendar of activities drawn up the I&B ministry will have to be reviewed quarterly to ensure continuity.
Divisions under it will also have to submit photographs of ‘before’ and ‘after’ as evidence of having carried out the cleanliness activities.
A communiqué has been sent to all divisions on how to clear the backlog - old court cases, pending files, service records, inter-ministerial and government communication apart from identifying old, unused items that can be auctioned.
For instance, all departments will prepare a list of unused or obsolete electrical items for disposal in September; in October the exercise will be to identify fixtures and furniture that have outlived their utility.
April 2017 has been earmarked for a special drive to identify and review pending court cases, comply with old orders or settle issues by initiating a further legal action or out of court settlement.
According to officials, there are several pending legal cases as well as issues that are stuck in arbitration that the ministry wants to dispose of.
“A Swachhta Pakhwada (fortnight of cleaning) was carried out in August, during which 1,591 files were weeded out apart from identifying items that can be auctioned for disposal,” an official said.
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150 birth anniversary will be celebrated in 2019. He led the campaign by wielding the broom at the Mandir Marg Police Station in the Capital and exhorted his council of ministers to follow suit.