Nagpur: Office of Divisional Commissioner, Nagpur paid rich tributes to Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on their birth anniversaries on October 2. Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar garlanded the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Shastri while paying his tributes. Deputy Commisioner Dhulaj, Deputy Commissioner M A H Khan and other officials and employees were present on the occasion.
Similarly, the Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar launched the “Swachh Bharat” Mission and administered the cleanliness pledge to officials and employees. He appealed to maintain cleanliness in offices as well as in houses all round the year. Anoop Kumar himself cleaned the office and premises to mark launching of Clean India Campaign earlier flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to fulfill the dream of Mahatma Gandhi who often said “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Tree saplings were also planted for beautification of premises.
The office of District Collectorate also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Resident Deputy Collector Ravindra Kumbhare garlanded the portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and Shastri and paid his tributes. Kumbhare also administered “Clean India” pledge to officials and employees of Collectorate. Others present include Deputy Collector Girish Joshi, Asha Pathan, District Supplies Officer Vanjari and others.present on the occasion.
The “Swachh Bharat” pledge:
“Mahatma Gandhi dreamt of an India which was not only free but also clean and developed.
Mahatma Gandhi secured freedom for Mother India.
Now it is our duty to serve Mother India by keeping the country neat and clean.
I take this pledge that I will remain committed towards cleanliness and devote time for this.
I will devote 100 hours per year, that is two hours per week, to voluntarily work for cleanliness.
I will neither litter not let others litter.
I will initiate the quest for cleanliness with myself, my family, my locality, my village and my work place.
I believe that the countries of the world that appear clean are so because their citizens don’t indulge in littering nor do they allow it to happen.
With this firm belief, I will propagate the message of Swachh Bharat Mission in villages and towns.
I will encourage 100 other persons to take this pledge which I am taking today.
I will endeavour to make them devote their 100 hours for cleanliness. I am confident that every step I take towards cleanliness will help in making my country clean.”