Dr. Jitendra Singh participates in Clean India for Healthy India drive
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, MoS in Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Space and Atomic Energy has participated in the ‘Swachh Bharat, Swastha Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India for Healthy India drive), the exercise undertaken by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) in the North Block premises today.
Addressing the staff members, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, it is a feeling of great gratification to see that entire North Block has come out in full strength to join the nationwide cleanliness drive within just 12 hours of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s call during his address at Madison Square, New York, USA last night, calling for repaying the debt owed to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi by gifting him with a Bharat which is clean and lives up to high standards of cleanliness which he always practiced and preached.
The Minister of State informed that the various departments associated with him already initiated the cleanliness drive during the week beginning from September 25 and ending on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. He further informed that in the South Block the drive led by Principal Secretary to PM, Shri Nripendra Mishra and others was launched on September 26, and in the Ministries of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, it will be launched on October 1, at their respective headquarters in New Delhi while on October 2, he would himself launch the drive for Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) from Jammu in which members of civil society are also expected to participate.
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Dr. Jitendra Singh has also said that the Secretary (Personnel) has written a letter to the Chief Secretaries of all State Governments to get involved in ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and also sent a similar request to various departments associated with DoPT, which include, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Mussoorie, Institute of Secretariat Training & Management (ISTM) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
Dr. Jitendra Singh cited the age old proverb, “a healthy mind resides in a healthy body” and said that Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s emphasis on cleanliness has for the first time, in a true sense, recapitulated the vision and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.
During the cleanliness drive in DoPT today, old files were sent to record room, almirahs kept in the corridors were removed, old almirahs and furniture were sent for repairing and painting and dust-bins and water dispensers were cleaned. As a follow up, an essay competition was organized in the afternoon, and the employees of the Department will also be administered ‘Swachh Bharat Shapath on October 2, the day of Gandhi Jayanthi.
The DoPT has also issued instructions to different departmental canteens to launch special cleanliness campaign which include cleaning of floor area, crockery/cutlery, personal hygiene of canteen workers and clean uniforms for canteen employees.