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LG administers ‘cleanliness pledge’ to officers on Gandhi Jayanti

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Asks DCs to generate competitive spirit among people to raise Swachh Bharat rankings of their areas

Srinagar: On the 152nd birth anniversary of the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and 117th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Saturday led the celebrations by administering the ‘Swachhta’ (cleanliness) pledge to officers and officials at Raj Bhavan and Civil Secretariat here.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG said that the pledge is a resolve of the J&K government and every individual to take forward the ideals espoused by the two great leaders, an official press release informed.

The LG said Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Urban-2.0 and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)-2.0 launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 01, 2021, envisions clean urban spaces and water-secure cities and we need to work on a mission mode to meet the targets in a time-bound manner.

He also stressed for completing the prestigious projects under AMRUT Mission 1.0 at the earliest.

Following the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi a ‘Swatchhta Pakhwada’ (cleanliness fortnight) shall be observed across the UT. From 3rd to 18th October various cleanliness activities will be conducted in the civil secretariat and field offices across the UT in a planned manner, the press release said.

The LG advised the Deputy Commissioners to generate a sense of competition among the people of their respective districts. “It is necessary to have competition in all the 20 districts, so that residents are motivated to keep their cities, towns, and mohallas clean and free from waste,” he added.

Underlining the significant role of the PRIs and Urban Local Bodies to make the Swachh Abhiyan successful, the LG urged the members of PRIs and government officers to work on innovative ideas like adoption of a lake/water-body, adoption of a school or places of public importance for cleanliness drive.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department; Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the LG; Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners, IG Kashmir DCs, SPs, and other senior officers of the various government departments and agencies participated in the Swachhta Pledge, in person, and through virtual mode.

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