Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directive to take a 'swachhta' (cleanliness) pledge on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, the district administration has issued directions to employees of government institutions to remain present in their offices on October 2 to mark the formal launch of the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'.
"The directions have been issued to all educational and government institutions," said Sangrur deputy commissioner Gurlovleen Singh Sidhu. All colleges and government schools of the district have also been told to mark the day by following the directions issued by the Prime Minister's office, said a senior officer of the district administration.
Meanwhile, the management of the Government Ranbir College, Sangrur, kicked off the campaign on Wednesday by launching a cleanliness drive in the college premises as October 2 has been declared a holiday.
"We have already launched the campaign as October 2 will be a holiday and the college will remain closed," said SK Kaushi, principal of Ranbir College, adding that since the students were busy with their exams, the function had been preponed.
The management of the Government College, Malerkotla, will start the campaign in the absence of the students who are busy with their exams.
"The students are busy with their preparations but the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college will be present to mark the occasion," said KS Sekhon, principal of the college.
However, the government schools of the district will remain open and all students have been told to attend the pledge ceremony.
"Directions have been issued to all schools and we will also make surprise visits to review the arrangements," said district education officer (primary) Sher Singh Balewal.