JAMMU: Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Horticulture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi, on Friday kick started the 18 days long “Swachhata Hi Seva” programme, a sanitation campaign being organized by the Department of Floriculture.
Several district commissioners kick started the campaign in their respective districts, a statement issued by the information department said.
Quoting Gandhiji, Priya Sethi said that sanitation is more important than freedom, observing that a lavatory must be as clean as a drawing-room. She also said that the cause of many of our diseases is the habit of disposing garbage out in the open anywhere and everywhere which needs immediate correction.
The minister informed that ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with a call to achieve Clean India by 2019, there has been tremendous response from different sections of the people as well as various state governments, local bodies, public representatives, NGOs and local communities. “ All these efforts should be further strengthen in the coming days, she added.
Expressing optimism Priya Sethi reiterated her faith in Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign which will give a big thrust to the momentum of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan as government functionaries are working tirelessly towards making India clean and healthy.
In Jammu District various parks have been identified for the cleanliness drive including MHS Zanana Park, Club Park Gandhi Nagar, Green Belt Gandhi Nagar Compartment No. 1,3-7, Gole Market Park Gandhi Nagar , Zanana Park Talab Tillo, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park Digiana, Channi Himmat Sector -3 (Tube Well Park), Darbar Garh Park, Govt. Guest House Canal Road, Rani Park, Sohan Singh Park, Trikuta Nagar Park Sector -9, Bagh-e-Bahu etc.
Project Director, Bagh-e-Bahu Project, Sunil Misri, Deputy Director Floriculture, A.K. Gupta, Dy. Director(P&S), Sukhleen Kour, Executive Engineer , Arvind Gupta, Accounts Officer, Sunil Kumar Gupta, Landscape Officer Bagh-e-Bahu , D.V.Gupta, Floriculture Officer Jammu ,S.K. Sultan and other officers of the department were present on the occasion.
Among others Baldev Baloria ,Anil Masoom, Neerru Anand, Savita Anand, Saroj, Sunny Sehgal, Sudhir Anand, Lalit and others were also present on the occasion.
The District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora, Sajjad Hussain flagged off a mega-rally comprising of Government employees, school children and media persons to inaugurate Nationwide Sanitation Campaign ‘Swachhta He Seva’ at Mini Secretariat premises, Bandipora.
The rally headed by the DDC traversed two-kilometer distance through various markets and it culminated at S K Sports Stadium Bandipora.
As part of the nation-wide cleanliness drive, the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik launched the cleanliness drive from the DC Office Complex.
On the occasion, the DC said that although people maintain cleanliness and hygiene at individual levels, the need of the hour is to join together to make the entire district clean. He said this has to be people’s movement and participation on voluntary-basis can only make this drive a success.
He said people should accord priority to clean water sources, public utility spaces and pathways. He appealed the people to pledge not to make use of polythene and to make the district open defecation free (ODF) district.
Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Piyush Singla kick started week-long “ Swachta He Seva” in presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Assistant Commissioner Development and all District/Sectoral officers including a large number of people.
Speaking on the occasion, Singla said the main motto of conducting the “Swachta He Seva” in the district is to create awareness amongst the masses so that the message of cleanliness can be spread to every nook and corner of the whole district and every person contributes in the noble cause of promoting cleanliness.
In Baramulla, Deputy Commissioner Nasir Ahmad Naqash kick-startd the drive at Government Women’s College Baramulla.
The ADDC Baramulla, ADC Baramulla, Officers from civil and police administration, field functionaries of municipality and other departments were present on the occasion.
The special cleanliness drive was launched with the aim of cleaning various places including public offices and other vital locations of public importance. The program started today and will end on 02 October which marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The District Development Commissioner, Pulwama Ghulam Muhammad Dar flagged off the cleanliness drive from District Administrative Complex Pulwama.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, District Panchayat Officer, Executive officer Municipal Corporation besides no. of employees of the Govt departments and local people were also present on the occasion.
During the cleanliness drive, seminars, painting competitions and essay competitions will be organized in all the educational institutions of the District while as large scale cleaning of Offices, Hospitals, Schools, Aganwardi Centers, Parks, Bus Stops, road sides, prominent water bodies, community toilets and other public places will be done in coming days.