Ghaziabad, Noida clean up district office following CM’s orders
Following chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s emphasis on cleanliness in government offices, sanitation drives were started at the collectorate in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad.noida Updated: Mar 24, 2017 10:52 IST
Following chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s emphasis on cleanliness in government offices, sanitation drives were started at the collectorate in Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad.
The district magistrate (DM) of Ghaziabad Nidhi Kesarwani checked the state of toilets, walls and corners, which were stained with paan and gutkha spit marks.
“Cleaning was ordered immediately and officials were directed to fix toilets that were not in order. We have also ordered for water coolers to be placed on the upper floors of the office as these coolers were available only on the ground floor. Old office files will also be thrown out. The district headquarters is a smoke-free zone and paan/gutkha use will not be allowed. Those violating norms will be penalised,” Kesarwani said.
The DM also ordered deployment of additional staff for cleaning as only four workers were assigned to keep the entire building clean. The district headquarters on Hapur Road houses the district magistrate’s office, Vikas Bhawan, stamps and registrar office, chief treasury office and other departments such as excise, finance, revenue, mining and food safety, among others.
“The staff and officials will be responsible for ensuring cleanliness of their departments. They have to work in coordination with the cleaning staff. Cleanliness is a priority of the government as well as ours. Defunct lights will be changed and more dustbins will be placed in common areas,” she said.
Further, the district administration has also started the work on making 44 revenue villages free from open defecation by March 31. At present, 77 villages of the total 197 villages are open-defecation free.
“We had sent a request for funds to construct 10,000 toilets, especially in areas where people are poor and cannot afford to construct toilets. The drive has been going on for the last 10 months and the target is likely to be achieved by March 31,” Kesarwani said.
In neighbouring Gautam Budh Nagar, the district administration started a sanitation drive at the collectorate and put up stickers prohibiting the use of paan masala and gutkha in the premises. Earlier, bins were placed on the premises for gutkha users to spit. Several visitors would even spit on walls.
Further, the sanitation staff was seen actively cleaning the area as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is among the top priorities of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“The sanitation drive and gutkha/paan masala prohibition will be effective only when the administration checks the situation continuously. Earlier, though a sticker banning smoking was pasted, several visitors still smoked in collectorate,” Nirmal Singh, a visitor, said.