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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: ONGC shows the way

ONGC CMD DK Sarraf, has kicked off the mission at Rajahmundry, which is one of its largeest operational areas in Andhra Pradesh. Sarraf paid floral tribute to the statue of Bapuji Mahatma Gandhi before administering the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan pledge to all the employees.

While exhorting the employees to participate in the mission wholeheartedly, Sarraf said clean citizen is a good citizen. 'External cleanliness is not sufficient. One should be clean from within,' he added.

Under the mission, ONGC has plans to take up various initiatives including construction of toilet blocks in 2,500 government schools in 26 districts spread over 13 states during the current financial year at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

Sarraf has launched this novel initiative at MPP School in Pedapalla village in Alamuru Mandal in East Godavari District. The project, named as Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan has been taken up in 20 schools by ONGC on Thursday.

The project has been launched in two schools in Ganjam and eight schools in Gajapati districts of Odisha and in 10 schools near ONGC work centres in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam and Tripura. The mission is to achieve total sanitation in India over a period of next five years.

Director (Finance) AK Banerjee,  Director (T&FS) Shashi Shanker, Director (Offshore) TK Sengupta, Director (Onshore)  Ashok Verma and Director (HR) Desh Deepak Misra spearheaded the cleaning movement at Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Rajahmundry and Dehradun respectively.

In order to create awareness, ONGC, in its work centres across the country has organised various programmes including walkathons, slogan writing, press conference etc. to highlight the importance of cleanliness towards improving overall health and environment. Incidentally, ONGC has already signed a tripartite MoU with Archaeological Survey of India and Ministry of Tourism for cleanliness and conservation of the iconic historical monument of India Taj Mahal at a cost of 20.75 crore. Lakhs of Central Government employees took a pledge to ensure cleanliness in their offices and residential areas by working at least two hours per week as part.
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