Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Health Minister JP Nadda’s cleanliness drive shocks and awes officials

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New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2017 3:28:03 PM

During the cleanliness drive in Nirman Bhawan yesterday, even as some officers came with glass cleaners, several women officers, in jest, said they should have been given fluorescent brooms.

He was insisting that even brackets that hold electricity cables should be cleaned. (Reuters)He was insisting that even brackets that hold electricity cables should be cleaned. (Reuters)

During the cleanliness drive in Nirman Bhawan yesterday, even as some officers came with glass cleaners, several women officers, in jest, said they should have been given fluorescent brooms. However, the Health Minister JP Nadda’s eye for detail surprised them, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ has said.

He was insisting that even brackets that hold electricity cables should be cleaned. The minister is known to obsessed about cleanliness. He is even said to keep a cloth under the table in office, which he maintains at his residence. The cloth is meant to wipe off hand prints of guests who lean on the glass tabletop.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan completed two years on October 2 last year. Launched in 2014, the mission is a national campaign by the Government of India to clean streets, roads, and other infrastructure of the country. Talking about the synchronisation of the mission with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday flagged-off a march for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

On the occasion, President Mukherjee and those present released balloons in the air before the President flagged off the march as a symbol of the commitment of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the Swachh Bharat Mission. “Gandhiji said that ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’. He had stressed on the importance of a disease free and clean body,” he had added.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh HM also ate lunch with sanitation workers at Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi today. Meanwhile, he also inaugurated Smart Public Toilet Unit at Rafi Marg in Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a clarion call on Independence Day 2014 from the ramparts of Red Fort to make India clean by 2019, which will coincide with 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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