Thursday, October 02, 2014

Bureaucrats on Clean India mode: Inspecting toilets, taking SwachhBharat pledge

AFTER BoI posted a government-released photo of union home secretary Anil Goswami inspecting a toilet in North Block in social media sites, (never before an IAS officer was photographed inside a toilet!), a number of readers alerted BoI about officers who clean their cabins themselves, and those routinely inspect office toilets. One of them was…
Dr Amarjit Singh, 1982 batch Gujarat cadre IAS, currently working as additional secretary in the union ministry of water resources. Many employees remember, Singh as health commissioner in Gujarat regularly inspected toilets in government hospitals and took corrective measures. Now, minister Uma Bharti has placed this bureaucrat in a newly-constituted panel to find paths of the dried-up Saraswati river, for which ISRO’s help was also taken.
Then, there is UP cadre IAS Ajay Shankar Pandey, who according to a Times of India story, has been sweeping his office every day since he took over as sub-divisional magistrate of Etmadpur Tehsil in Agra way back in 1993. According to the report, he even puts up a notice saying he cleans his room, and no one should litter it unnecessarily. The newspaper has also published a photo of that notice.
Meanwhile, as prime minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on Thursday, a number of officers used their social media handles to talk about Clean India mission. Here are three such comments:

1. Today, we too will be taking the SwachhBharat pledge at the Indian Mission in UNESCO —Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj (1987 batch IFS) from Paris.
2. Happy to join Swachh Bharat campaign by taking oath and cleaning office and surroundings at Amritsar FCI office — Abhishek Singh (1995 batch IAS)
3. When I led cleaning of century old Ghoramunda a decade back, common citizens including kids, freedom fighters, and even housewives had joined. #SwachhBharat --- Arvind Padhee (1996 batch IAS)
Do you know more about officers working hard to make Clean India a success? Kindly write to us about them.

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