In a bid to boost Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, on Sunday, urged all Municipal Commissioners to use cycles for nearby commutation whenever possible. Bedi took to Twitter and shared a paper cutting that shows her riding a bicycle from office to a neighbouring area for inspection. She posted the photo along with a caption that read: “India can fastforward @swachhbharat if all Municipal Commissioners bike their streets anytime suitable to them. It’s happened in Puducherry.”
Bedi has urged Municipal Commissioners and other government officials to go on bicycles to nearby areas to identify shortcomings in amenities and to provide solutions on various counts in and around town that help the public. Bedi uses a cycle during her weekend visits to peripheral areas to meet people of the town, temple trustees and also to identify issues concerning the common man. As per PTI, Bedi in her recent statement said “biking makes such a position (of Lt Governor) accessible and accountable, besides ensuring simplicity and integration.”
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Officers in high and senior positions should also use bicycles to visit rural areas early in the morning time when the traffic is lean, she said while adding that she and her office staff does it every week – leaving at 6 AM and returning by 8:30 AM.
“The visit sends a message to all that the city should be clean and obstruction free for people to walk and drive. Using bicycle as a mode of transport helps us greet people and the common man becomes a part of the governance.” PTI quoted Bedi saying.
Bedi also stressed on the importance of municipal commissioners taking to bikes and driving past garbage heaps. “This would have a spin off effect and garbage would vanish through their action plan,” she said. As per the Pudducherry LG, even field level and grass root level officers should also be motivated to deliver and display their good work.