With focus on Dalit areas, Gujarat education department plans cleanliness drive, targets one crore participants

A meeting in this regard was held by state Education Minister Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama Friday in Gandhinagar.

Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Published:September 10, 2016 4:44 am

TAKING FORWARD the Gujarat government’s ongoing ‘Samajik Samrasta’ programme to promote social harmony in the state, the education department has planned an eight-day cleanliness drive with a target participation of one crore people.

The drive Swachhata and Samajik Samrasta Saptah — to be launched on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay on September 25 and conclude on October 2 on Gandhi Jayanti — will focus on areas dominated by the Dalits.

The department plans to rope in teachers and students from various schools and colleges across the states, besides social activists, members of religious organistations and other outfits.

Aiming to create a record on the lines of International Yoga Day and Vanche Gujarat where 1.08 crore and 50 lakh people, respectively, participated in yoga and reading their favourite books, the department has set a target of at least 1 crore participants in the drive.

A meeting in this regard was held by state Education Minister Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama Friday in Gandhinagar.

“Apart from various co-curricular activities like debate and essay competitions on these two themes (cleanliness and social harmony), an estimated 1 crore people would clean religious places, health and education institutions and localities, including Dalit areas,” said Chudasama.

Also, apart from undertaking cleaning activities as “shram daan”, the participants will conduct a survey of villages and cities evaluating cleanliness standard, a report on which will be compiled by the department.