Following the successful conclusion of Special Campaign 3.0 on 31 October 2023, the Annual Swachhta Pakhwada of the Department of Posts that is held each year from 16-30 November 2023 commenced today across the national network. At the headquarters of India Post all staff and senior officers of Dak Bhawan, led by the Members of the Postal Services Board, assembled at 1100 hrs for lighting of lamp in the courtyard (Aangan) that is one of the highlights of the Swachhta Campaign over the years. The Swachhta pledge was taken by all present to renew the commitment of each one to Swachhta both as a citizen of India as well as an employee of the Government of India. The Swachhta Anthem was also played during the function as a reminder of the resolve from “Satyagraha” to “ Swachhagraha”.
Similar functions were held all across the country at 1100 hours at both administrative offices and post offices thereby flagging off a fortnight of activities to continue the ongoing journey of the Department under the name, @ Swachhta Se Shreshta Sewa, @From Cleanliness to Service Delivery Excellence.
The focus of the activities would be to further engrain Swachhta and Lifestyle for Environment awareness and practise among both employees and citizens served through the post offices.
During the period 16-30 November 2023, the Department has dedicated days assigned for a variety of activities aimed at generating “Jan Chetana” and a “Jan Andolan” towards a garbage free India. These activities include Prabhat Pheris, evening camps, Youth Connect Programmes, and special cancellations. The department is committed to ensuring widespread participation, engagement and awareness for values and behaviours in line with the guiding principles of India’s freedom movement as a part of the overall “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
The Department of Posts will also be honouring teams that have shown exemplary commitment to Swachhta during the year. The continuous efforts and involvement of the staff all across the Department’s national network in “Swachhgraha” would help in integrating these habits into the daily routines of citizens and society at large, fostering a lasting culture of cleanliness and hygiene reaching a crescendo during this Pakhwada in the tenth year of such campaigns since 2014.
The Department would comprehensively review its outcomes at the end of the Pakhwada and make suitable plants for the period ahead as part of the vision for “Viksit Bharat”.