Cleaning-up drive: Govt earns Rs. 254 crore from scrap disposal

37.19 lakh sq feet of space freed: Union Minister for DoPT, Dr Jitendra Singh reviews progress, says significant Progress Achieved in Week 3 of Special Campaign 2.0

GN Bureau | October 25, 2022

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MoS, PMO, Jitendra Singh addressing the media in New Delhi on Tuesday
MoS, PMO, Jitendra Singh addressing the media in New Delhi on Tuesday

Over Rs. 254 crore has been earned so far from disposal of scrap during a short period of three weeks of the ongoing Special Swachhta campaign 2.0, while 37.19 lakh square feet of space has been cleared, which was earlier occupied by junk and scrap.

Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, PMO, stated this Tuesday during a media interaction while presenting an update on the Special Swachhta campaign 2.0 which was launched on October 2 and will conclude on October 31.

Dr Singh said that under prime minister Narendra Modi, the Swachhta campaign is also a testimony of the "whole of government" and "whole of nation" approach, which has ultimately achieved the form of a countrywide “Jan Andolan”. He also said that 40 lakh files were reviewed, 3,05,268 public grievances were redressed, 5,416 MPs’ references were replied to and 588 rules eased during this period.

Dr Singh said tremendous enthusiasm was being witnessed in ministries and departments for institutionalising Swachhata and minimising pendency. He urged officials to draw inspiration from the PM’s words in his tweet that “such efforts are not only innovative and commendable but most importantly remind us of our basic civic duty of keeping our surroundings and public places clean.”

The Special Campaign 2.0 has been implemented in remote outstation offices, foreign missions and posts, attached and subordinate offices, besides citizen centric swachhata initiatives. The Campaign was holistic in size and scale, witnessed widespread participation from thousands of officials and citizens who came together create a movement for Swachhata in Government Offices.

Cabinet ministers, ministers of state and secretaries to the government of India participated in the Special Campaign 2.0 providing leadership and guidance in implementation. In three weeks, the department of posts has conducted the cleanliness campaign in 17,767 post offices, the ministry of railways has conducted in 7,028 railway stations, department of pharmaceuticals at 5,974 campaign sites, department of defence in 4,578 campaign sites and the ministry of home affairs in 4,896 campaign sites.

The progress of Special Campaign 2.0 is monitored on a dedicated portal on a daily basis. Nodal officers have been appointed in all ministries/ departments who monitor work undertaken by field offices. The Special Campaign 2.0 is reviewed on a weekly basis by the secretaries to the government of India. The progress of the Special Campaign 2.0 has been widely reported in social media with over 10,000 social media tweets by ministries/ departments.

In three weeks of Special Campaign 2.0 from October 2-25, 2022 the following progress was achieved:

(a) Swachhata Campaign Sites - 68363 (b) Records Management: Files Reviewed (physical files + e-files) - 40.52 lac (c) Public Grievances + Appeals Redressed -3,20,152 (d) Revenue Earned (Rs. Cr) - Rs. 254.21 cr (e) Space Freed (lac sq feet) -37.19 lac sq feet (f) MP’s References - 5416 (g) Easing of Rules/ Processes - 588




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