To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary Mahatma Gandhi, the East Coast Railway (ECoR) started the Swachhata Pakhwada here on Saturday in a big way giving focus on cleanliness at railway station premises, trains, offices, workshops, maintenance depots, hospitals and residential areas.The Pakhwada will continue till the Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, 2018.
STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: The prize distribution function of 15 day Hindi Pakhwada which was celebrated at NHPC Regional Office, Jammu, from September 1 to 15, 2017, was held here on Monday. The prize distribution function was inaugurated by S. Kalgaonkar, Executive Director by lighting the lamp. On this occasion, Yogindar Kotha, Chief Engineer (Civil), K.L Acharyulu, Chief (Finance), S Tirkey, Chief (HR), V.S Deepak, Chief Engineer (Civil), Senior Officials and staff were present. The message issued by the Chairman and Managing Director, NHPC Limited was read out by Ashok Kumar Dhanwal, Manager (HR), who also informed about the activities related to the Official Language. About 10 different competitions were organised for all officers and employees in which all took part in these competitions. First, second, third and consolation prizes were awarded to the winner participants for excellence in competitions. Apart from this, shields were presented to various departments for doing outstanding work in official language in Hindi. Speaking on this occasion, Kalgaonkar appealed to all the officers and employees that they should do their maximum official work in Hindi and in accordance with the objectives laid out in the annual programme issued by the Government of India, the Official Language Department and to enhance the Hindi work in compliance with official language policy and rules. Vote of thanks was presented by Manager (HR).
The orders come days after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had ordered schools to observe Swachhta Pakhwada (fortnight) from September 1 15. The government schools of Punjab too observed Swachhta fortnight from September 1 15 and an oath taking ceremony was observed on September 1 as per the action plan sent by the education department.The latest orders for private schools state that all the principals, heads, teachers, staff and students in will clean the school premises and surroundings on September 25 after taking the oath. A copy of the oath and the orders (with The Indian Express) says, Mahatma Gandhi had a dream to see clean India. I pledge I would dedicate at least 100 hours a year, that is 2 hours a week, for cleanliness. I will also stop others from littering. Countries which have progressed have citizens who neither litter nor let others do so. I will move from street to street and village to village to publicise Swachh Bharat Mission.