The Ministry of Minority Affairs celebrated ‘Swachchhata Pakhwada’ beginning from 16th December, 2017. Five teams each led by a Joint Secretary/ Dy Director General level officer were formed to spearhead the efforts. In coordination with New Delhi municipal Corporation and Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the teams undertook activities for cleanliness drive wherever required.
The Swachhta Pakhwada kick started by Shri Ameising Luikham, Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs(MoMA) on 16 December 2016 at the Pt. Deen Dayal Antyodaya Bhawan, CGO Complex. The officials divided into different teams took up the cleaning of different areas surrounding the Office Block. The Secretary also addressed officials encouraging them to continue the cleanliness drive even after the Pakhwada is over.
The Ministry team lead by Shri S K Dev Verman, Joint Secretary, visited the Gurudwara Rakab Ganj on 19 December 2016 and along with the Management members and others took up the cleaning of the areas around the Guru dwara. NDMC staff was also roped in for the purpose. The Ministry team later interacted with the Gurudwara officials who appreciated the initiative and requested that more such campaigns may be taken up. The Ministry also handed over four Trash bins to the Gurudwara.
A half Day workshop on Swachhta, inaugurated by Shri Luikham, Secretary, Minority Affairs, was organised by the Ministry on 19 December at Scope Complex to create awareness on the program. Officials from the Ministry and from the attached offices of the Ministry attended the Workshop along with special invitees from Buddhist Monastery and Rakab Ganj Gurudwara. Professor Warsi, ex-CLM and presently VC of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur also attended the workshop. The speakers highlighted the importance of cleanliness in everyday life and its general positive effect.
A team of 28 officials and staff of the Ministry of Minority Affairs led by Smt. Rakhee Gupta Bhandari, Joint Secretary conducted Cleanliness Drive at Lakshmi Narayan Mandir (Birla Mandir), Mandir Marg, New Delhi on 20th December 2016. The team reached at Mandir premises early in the morning at 7:45 AM and in about two hours completely cleaned the Mandir premises removing all the dust and other rubbish. A team from New Delhi Municipal Corporation has also rendered necessary help in this endeavour.
A team of 30 officials and staff of the Ministry of Minority Affairs led by Shri Mukat Singh, Deputy Director General conducted Cleanliness Drive at Hanuman Mandir at Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi on 21st December 2016. The team reached at Mandir premises early in the morning at 7.45 AM and in about two hours completely cleaned the Mandir premises removing all the dust and other rubbish. A team from New Delhi Municipal Corporation has also rendered necessary help in this endeavour.
26 persons took part in the Slogan writing competition organised by the Ministry held on 22nd December, 2016, and 26 competitors participated in the poster drawing completion organized by the Ministry held on 23rd December, 2016.
A team of 24 officials and staff of the Ministry of Minority Affairs conducted Cleanliness Drive at Shri K.C. Samria, Joint Secretary at Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Chandni Chowk, Opposite Red, Fort, New Delhi on 26th December 2016. The team reached at Mandir premises early in the morning at and in about two hours completely cleaned the Mandir premises in coordination with a team from Municipal Corporation of Delhi.
A team of 28 officials and staff of the Ministry of Minority Affairs led by Sh. Jaan-e-Alam, Joint Secretary conducted Cleanliness Drive at Monastery Buddha temple (Ladakh Buddhist Vihara), Bela Road, ISBT Kashmere Gate, Railway Colony, Civil Lines, New Delhi on 26th December 2016.
The Ministry is also compiling a collection of essays on Swachhta and its importance as enshrined in different religions. Once completed & reviewed, this may be released at on appropriate time. The different organization of the Ministry such as Central Waqf Board, National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation, NAWADCO, NCM, CLM also observed the Swachhta Pakhwada in their respective offices & branches. Officials from the Ministry also visited the Delhi based organizations to interact with their officials on the occasion.