Swachh Bharat: Millions of govt employees to take cleanliness pledge

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2014 19:14 IST

More than 30 lakh central government employees across the country will take a pledge of cleanliness in various public functions to be organised Thursday as part of the Narendra Modi government's 'Clean India' campaign.

In addition, lakhs of state government employees have been asked to be part of this massive drive which will be launched by the Prime Minister.

"It has been decided that on October 2, 'Swachhta Shapath' (cleanliness pledge) will be administered to all in government offices and public functions or events and cleanliness drive led by senior officers will be undertaken in all government and public offices," Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth said in a communique to secretaries of all departments.

The Prime Minister has given a call for 'Swachh Bharat'(Clean India) as a mass movement to realise Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean India by 2019, when the country will celebrate 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation.

"For a campaign of this nature to be successful, there is a need to create massive public awareness and to ensure participation and action for cleaning homes, government offices, schools, hospitals, work places, streets, roads and markets, railway stations and bus terminals, statues, monuments, rivers, lakes,ponds, parks and other public places.

"It is important to involve government and public sector officials at every level, non-government organisations, education and health institutions, rural and urban local bodies, self-help groups, youth organisations, resident and market associations as well as business and industrial chambers and associations in the cleanliness and awareness drives," Seth said in his letter.

A variety of activities such as pledge-taking marches, marathons, debates, street plays, music and essay competitions, cleaning drives and other community activities may be used to focus public attention on this campaign and on the need for cleanliness, Seth said.

PM Modi to administer Clean India pledge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will administer the Clean India pledge which says: "I will remain committed towards cleanliness and devote time for this... I will neither litter nor let others litter."

"I take this pledge that I will remain committed towards cleanliness and devote time for this. I will devote 100 hours per year -- that is two hours per week -- to voluntary work for cleanliness. I will neither litter nor let others litter," says the pledge.

"I will initiate the quest for cleanliness with myself, my family, my locality, my village and my work place. I believe that the countries of the world that appear clean are so because their citizens don?t indulge in littering nor do they allow it to happen.

"With this firm belief, I will propagate the message of Swachh Bharat Mission in villages and towns," reads the pledge to be administered in government institutions across the country.

The pledge concludes by saying, "I will encourage 100 other persons to take this pledge which I am taking today. I will endeavour to make them devote their 100 hours for cleanliness. I am confident that every step I take towards cleanliness will help in making my country clean".

The recently unveiled logo for the government's five-year cleanliness mission also features the spectacles of Mahatma Gandhi.

On October two, Modi has a number of programmes lined up to mark the launch of cleanliness drive.

He will visit a Valmiki colony where he will offer prayers at a temple and then undertake cleaning. He will also dedicate a public toilet there.?

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