Swachhata Hi Seva witnessed a major boost, when the top leadership of the country joined hands to synergize the pledge of making Bharat Swachh. Underscoring the Centre’s commitment towards a ‘clean, healthy and strong’ India, several Union Ministers participated in various events on 17th September, 2017, to mark Swachhata Divas.
A nation-wide unprecedented campaign called Swachhata Hi Seva is being held from 15th September to 2nd October to mark three years of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS), the 15-day campaign highlights how the movement has transformed into a jan aandolan.
Taking charge of the drive, Union Minister, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushree Uma Bharti initiated the Swachhata Drive in Shuklaganj, Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. She talked about waste management and waste disposal, towards ensuring cleanliness and sustainability of the villages. She demonstrated ways in which waste needed to be handled and disposed off, an aspect that is highly crucial for ensuring ODF plus communities.
Elsewhere in Delhi Cantonment, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman led the cleanliness drive in Gopinath Bazar. She said that her ministry would carry out a drive to remove garbage from high altitude areas and glaciers.
Meanwhile, Union Minister, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Textiles, Smriti Irani, performed shramdaan in the gram panchayat of Kendri in Raipur, along with Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Shri Raman Singh. They participated in digging of toilet pits and construction of toilets. Thereafter three Swachhata Raths were flagged. These raths were expected to disseminate key IEC messages across the State during the SHS campaign. On the occasion, Swachhata Champions, District Coordinators and Swachhagrahis were felicitated for their extraordinary work in making their district ODF and ensuring cleanliness and Sanitation.
On the same day in Agartala District of Tripura, Union Minister of State (MDWS), Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, inaugurated a Digging Programme for Twin Pit Individual Household Toilets to in Bhagalpur Gram Panchayat near the Indo- Bangladesh Border under Bamutia RD Block of West Tripura District.
In the central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, Union Minister of Rural Development, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar participated in a cleanliness drive in Gwalior by cleaning pf bus stands. He was joined by Minister Maya Singh, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and with other senior officers and leaders.
The Ministry of Culture also participated in the campaign, wherein the Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma participated in the cleaning of a marginalized slum or basti in Noida of UP.
On the other hand, Union Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri. Suresh Prabhu graced the occasion with Shramdaan at Ronapal village of Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra. Many district officials joined him including Smt. Reshma Sawant (President Zilla Parishad, Sindhudurg); Shri. Dilip Patil (Additional CEO, Zilla Parishad Sindhudurg); Shri. Anil Bagal (Deputy CEO, District Water and Sanitation Mission, Zilla Parishad Sindhudurg); Shri. Gajanan Bhosale (BDO, Sawantwadi Taluka), and Shri. V. M Naik (Additional BDO).
The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Additional Chief Secretary Shri Radheshyam Jullania and State Program Officer SBM-G Dr Atul Srivastav flagged off the Swachhata Hi Seva event with a visit to Anita Bahen house and dug a pit for toilet as a part of ‘Sharmdaan’ to promote twin leach pit toilet technology. He encouraged the community to build twin pit toilets and use them.
Then again, the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand along with Ministers of Drinking Water and Sanitation; Urban Development; Higher Education (Government of Uttarakhand), and Speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Mayor of Nagar Nigam and several MLAs as well as State and District officials participated in the Seva Divas Campaign. The campaign focused on overall cleanliness of surroundings, safe disposal of solid and liquid waste, hand-washing and usage of toilets.
Rajasthan saw the participation of the Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of State, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister (Gopalam Department) Otaram Dewasi, and various MPs, MLAs, all District Collectors and other dignitaries.
In, Banka, Bihar, Minister Revenue and Land Reforms, Government of Bihar, Shri R. N. Mandal along with PRI members, CDO, CO, PO, District Coordinators, Block Coordinators, Swachhagrahis and ZSBP participated in a cleanliness drive. Similar activities were carried out in other districts where MPs/MLAs, PRI members, officials from Government departments, including DCs, SHG /VO members, members of local clubs and NGOs participated. The communities also watched the film ‘Toilet ek Prem Katha’ that was telecasted byDoordarshan from10.30am. Not too far away in East Champaran, the Union Minister Agriculture and Farmers, Shri Radhamohan Singh (GOI) participated in various programmes organized in his constituency, Motihari. In his speech he focused on the drawbacks of open defecation and promotion of latrine use in Bihar with a view to changing people’s mindset towards safe sanitation.
A state level event was organized in Argora Chowk of Ranchi in Jharkhand where the Chief Minister, Shri Raghuwar Das, Minister of State, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, MP Sinha, BJP President Amit Shah, MP Shri Mahesh Poddar, Shri Ram Tahal Chaudhary, Minister, Urban Development Shri C.P Singh, MLA Shri NavinJaiswal, Mayor RMC Smt. Asha Lakra, Prinicpal Secretary of Urban Development department participated in Shramdaan to promote cleanliness. A book on children’s sanitation and hygiene was inaugurated on this occasion. The foundation stone laying ceremony for Pt. Deeendayal Upadhaya Shatabi Udyan and rejuvenation cum beautification of Karamtoli pond in Ranchi were also carried out on the same day.
As for the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the nodal ministry for Swachh Bharat Mission, along with Indian Railways contributed to the spirit of Seva Diwas with a cleanliness drive undertaken in Nizamuddin Railway station in the early hours of 17th September from 6:30 to 9.30 am.
The Minister of Industry and Commerce, Shri Chander Prakash Ganga led a clean-up campaign in 4 railway stations in Samba District of Jammu and Kashmir. Launched at Badi Brahmana Railway Station, the event was made possible with the support of SDRF, 12 Armed Battalion, District Police, Home Guards and Civil Defence.
Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar pledged to devote at least 100 hours in a year for cleanliness activities and programmes with maximum two hours per day. Parrikar said Goa would become garbage free by 2020, adding that the government has already started working towards it.
Housing and Urban Affairs Minister, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, participated in the campaign by wielding a broom in Sarojini Nagar Market area of the national capital, while expressing serious concerns over the garbage crisis in the city.
Participating in a campaign in Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that for the first time after the Independence, cleanliness is not just a matter of habit, but has become a passion under the Prime Minister’s leadership.
In the industrial city Ludhiana in the north Indian state of Punjab, the Governor participated in Kar Seva, even as Union State Minister Shri Vijay Sampla participated in Kar Seva at Hosiarpur where the film Toilet Ek Prem Katha was screened.
|Participation on Day 3 of Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign
|Citizens that participated
|Women that participated
|Students that participated
|Swachhta Pledges taken