Smriti Irani To Lead "Swachch Bharat" Campaign Of Hrd Ministry

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The HRD ministry will be closed for the better part of Thursday as minister Smriti Z Irani and all officials up to the rank of deputy secretary will take part in cleaning activities in Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas across the national capital as part of the 'Swachch Bharat' campaign. Officials in the higher education division will be at the universities as part of the clean-up drive. The cleanliness drive culminates on October 31, birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and will be celebrated with lot of show. In between falls Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2. To ensure the exercise is not confined to one day, the HRD ministry will ask educational institutions to include stories of cleanliness in their curriculum. They will also be asked to ensure that at least few questions in examinations are about hygiene and cleanliness. Being the nodal ministry, it has also been entrusted with the upkeep of Shastri Bhavan. It will upload pictures of the building on its website before and after the cleanliness drive. An additional secretary has been given the charge of turning Shastri Bhavan into a case study of cleanliness. Next year's annual calendar and diary brought out by the Press Information Bureau will focus on cleanliness. Officials will be asked to spare at least 100 hours of voluntary work each year. At the launch of the campaign, focus will be on schools. Irani and school secretary Rajrishi Bhattacharya will pick up the broom at Kendriya Vidyalaya, RK Puram. Additional secretary Vrinda Sarup will be at another KV in RK Puram. Officials will be present across the city from Andrews Ganj in South Delhi to four branches of KVs in Delhi Cantonment and KVs/NVsRangpuri, Tughlakabad, Vasant Kunj, JNU, Khichripur and many other places. The minister and her officials will be at school at seven to be present during the morning assembly. It will consist of prayer, pledge, discussions on Gandhi's thoughts on cleanliness. For an hour from 7.30, Irani and officers will get involved in cleaning up classrooms, corridors and toilets. Students, teachers, parents, school management committee members, officers of KVS and Navodaya Vidyalayas will assist the HRD minister and officials. Officials will return to work in their ministries later in the day. 


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