ONGC joins 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', adopts Jantar Mantar in Delhi

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 21:14 IST

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has adopted the historic monument 'Jantar Mantar' as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

With this initiative, ONGC and its employees will maintain cleanliness in and around the heritage monument, the company said in a press statement in Delhi.

ONGC chairman and managing director D K Sarraf kicked off the programme on Saturday from the historic moon dial of Jantar Mantar. Director (technical) Shashi Shanker, director (offshore) TK Sengupta and director (HR) Desh Deepak Misra, along with senior executives, were also present on this occasion.

Archana Mathur, economic advisor to the ministry of petroleum and natural gas, also joined the cleanliness drive.

With Sarraf himself picking up a broom, the ONGC team cleaned the total periphery of the monument as well as the molasses that had accumulated in the moon dial structure.

"More than 100 ONGCians took part in the cleanliness drive," it said.

Taking forward Modi's cleanliness drive, Sarraf had on October 2 exhorted the employees to participate in the mission wholeheartedly and said: "External cleanliness is not sufficient. One should be clean from within."

ONGC had recently signed a tripartite MoU with Archaeological Survey of India and the ministry of tourism for cleanliness and conservation of the various iconic historical monuments of India.

It has already committed to provide Rs 20.75 crore for conservation and cleanliness of Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, ONGC will build toilet blocks in more than 2,500 government schools in 26 districts spread over 13 states during the current financial year at a cost of Rs 100 crore, the statement added.

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