UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said that children are the true torchbearers of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Speaking at a ‘Swachhta Rally’ in Delhi, where he felicitated people for their contribution to the cleanliness drive, he said: “I have observed children across the country. If any elder person throws some paper or rubbish anywhere, the job of preventing them from doing so is done by these children. Children are the true flagbearers of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan…I am confident that by 2019, the dream of ‘Swachh Bharat, Swasth Bharat’ (Clean India, Healthy India) will be realised”.
He also administered the ‘Swachhta Shapath’ to people assembled at the Central Park, and inaugurated roll-call shelters, Jan Aushadhi Kendra and smart class rooms for the NDMC area. “In these two years, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has turned into a social movement,” he said.
Later, he had lunch with safai karmcharis. “These ‘Swachhta Ke Senani’ (soldiers of cleanliness) work everyday to keep the area and our neighbourhood clean,” Singh tweeted. MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, meanwhile, attended a Swachh Bharat Mission programme at the N P Bengali Girls School in Gole Market in New Delhi. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi attended the programme, and the two ministers picked up brooms and joined efforts to clean the area around the school.
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The Union Home Ministry has, over the past week, undertaken a cleanliness drive as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. “Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Ministers of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Kiren Rijiju, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, senior officers of MHA and staff ensured that their offices, corridors and surroundings of the Ministry were further cleaned and it was resolved to maintain clean environment in future,” a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
Special focus on Varanasi, Sarnath
The Union Culture Ministry and its various institutions Sunday celebrated the Swachh Bharat Divas across the country. Ministry officials and the ASI held an awareness drive in Sarnath and Varanasi, on the occasion. Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath was among the Adarsh Smaraks that was given a special focus for the event. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with Sulabh International, is also holding a week-long event Swachh Shrishti on its campus. The National School of Drama organised the Swachhta Abhiyan Sunday by undertaking a cleanness drive on its campus, classrooms and offices.
‘Country will be literate when it’s free of litter-ati’
Coining a new term for those who litter, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu Sunday said the country will become literate in true sense when it is free of the “litter-ati”. He was speaking at the felicitation ceremony of the Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival at Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium where short films on the subject of Swachh Bharat were shown. Naidu announced that filmmakers Madhur Bhandarkar, Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi, Prasoon Pandey, Ramesh Sippy and Shoojit Sircar have agreed to produce films on Swachh Bharat.
‘Message of cleanliness must reach every village’
Union Health Minister J P Nadda on Sunday said that “swachhta” (cleanliness) should become a social movement, and awareness about cleanliness and sanitation should reach every village of the country. Nadda, who took part in a cleanliness drive at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, said his ministry has launched an initiative called ‘Kayakalp’ to set protocols for hygiene and sanitation in government-run health facilities. It will encourage every public health facility in the country to work towards attaining the standards of excellence and stay clean and hygienic, he said. “This does not apply only to physical cleanliness, but to develop and put in place systems and procedures for activities such as bio-waste disposal or protocols,” he added.