Source: News Bharati English17 Jun 2017 11:15:28

New Delhi, June 17: As ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ initiative reiterates our commitment towards cleanliness, Union Minister of State for Personnel and Training DoPT Dr. Jitendra Singh launched ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ and said that provides an opportunity to the DoPT to play a facilitating role in the observance of cleanliness activities.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh said that there is a need to change the mindset of the people for the success of the mission. Our attitudes, habits and behavioral patterns need to be changed, he added.

Dr Jitendra Singh appreciated the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration LBSNAA’s efforts to involve IAS Officer Trainees in the cleanliness drive during their training. It will set an example before others and also provide inspiration to others, he added. He also suggested that the concept of ‘waste to wealth’ needs to be promoted and the waste should be disposed-off in an efficient manner and should be converted to energy/compost wherever possible.

He also emphasized that the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ should not be limited to a particular time period, but should be a part of the regular activities.

Secretary DoPT, B. P. Sharma said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has desired that the Swachhta Pakhwada is not only for a particular department, but the department observing it should lead the whole Government in cleanliness activities and the effect should be felt across all the departments. He also briefed about the activities being undertaken by the DoPT during the observance of Swachhta Pakhwada.

During the meeting, a presentation was given by Akshay Kumar Rout, OSD, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, wherein it was suggested to undertake various activities like promotion of ‘zero waste office’ concept, offer Shramdaan by officials on every day basis, competition among officials/ trainees on sanitation and hygiene and Swachh Survekshan on cleanliness to rank all institutes and attached offices. Officers from other departments also gave their inputs on cleanliness activities.

Upma Chaudhary, Director, LBSNAA said that various activities on cleanliness are being observed in the Academy and nearby areas by the Officer trainees. She informed that cleanliness drive is an integral part of the training programme of the officers there. She said that during training, each IAS officer trainee has to adopt a village and make it as the open defecation free (ODF) village. She said that a Collector’s Conference on Swachhta is being organised on 29th -30th June at LBSNAA in coordination with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.