Modi government’s cleanliness campaign has taken away a vacation of several government officials. Government officials will have to report to work on October 2, so that they can take a ‘Swacchta Shapath’ (cleanliness oath) formulated by the Cabinet Secretariat.
Following the oath, officials are expected to undertake a cleanliness drive in which ministers will take part, complete with a broom, and indulge in other activities devised by each ministry. Gandhi Jayanti has always been a government holiday. Coupled with the October 3 holiday on account of Dussehra, the weekend following it and Id-Ul-Zuha holiday on Monday, several officials had made reservations for a vacation, but the cleanliness drive has upset their plans.
On orders from Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, all ministries on Thursday embarked on a week-long intensive cleanliness campaign which involves cleaning toilets in the ministry, cutting grass in the lawns in the ministry’s vicinity, pruning hedges, removing clogging of water in drains, operationalising fountains with clean water, scrubbing window panes, concealing electric wires and giving a fresh coat of paint to corridors in the ministry.