To make the Prime Minister’s “Swachhata hi Seva” (Cleanliness is the only service) campaign a success, Sh. V.P. Singh Badnore, Governor, Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh today kicked off 15 days drive from Sector 19, Chandigarh in presence of Smt. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, Chandigarh, Sh. Parimal Rai, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh, Smt. Asha Jaswal, Mayor of Chandigarh, Mrs. Savita Bhatti, brand ambassador, Swachh Bharat Mission, Chandigarh.
The Administrator appealed to the residents to clean their surroundings and post photographs of it. He said that this 17 days campaign will end on October, 2, which other than being Gandhi Jayanti is also the third anniversary of “Swachh Bharat Mission”. The Administrator also flagged off “Swachhata Rath” carrying all the information about “Swachhata hi Seva” and other IEC videos, pamphlets etc.
He requested the residents to ensure that the programme is effective and not just ‘symbolic’. He said that awareness in terms of instructions, demonstration and drives needs to be provided to certify that these means become part of a nationwide mind, at household and outside. Adequate individual and ecological cleanliness has a key impact on the goodwill of every city, he added.
Smt. Kirron Kher said that every citizen of Chandigarh is dedicated to influence a nationwide change and all our internal stakeholders are firm to achieve the objective that we have set to make the city beautiful Chandigarh and our country clean.
Mrs. Asha Jaswal, Mayor said that this is our city and as a resident, the minute thing we can do is care for it in our individual ways. We are very firm to achieve our strong attempt to encourage the cause and we assure that we will succeed in this action of making the city aware about the behavioural change towards cleanliness.
During the programme all took “Swachhata Sapath”. The Administrator started drives from Maharshatra Bhawan, Sector 19, Govt. School Sector 18, Plaza Sector 17 and GMSH, Sector 16.
In addition to that, all the Councillors of 26 wards of MC organized similar cleanliness drives in their respective wards alongwith area residents and Resident Welfare Associations, Market Welfare Associations. The drives were also organized in the Govt. offices, Hotels, Schools, Bus Stands, Religious organizations and open areas.
Sh. Anurag Aggarwal, IAS, Home Secretary, Sh. B. Purushartha, IAS, MC Commissioner, Sh. Ajit Balaji Joshi, Deputy Commissioner, Chandigarh, Sh. Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Senior Deputy Mayor, Sh. Saurav Mishra, IAS and Sh. Uma Shankar Gupta, Additional Commissioners, MC, Sh. N.P. Sharma, Chief Engineer, Dr. P.S. Bhatti, Medical Officer of Health, councilors of MC, office bearers of FOSWAC, Vyaapar Mandal, Resident Welfare Associations and Market Welfare Associations were also present during the occasion.