Jajpur: Celebrating the fourth anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), over 150 volunteers including employees of Tata Steel’s mining operations participated in the day-long cleaning of a local market in Sukinda, Odisha yesterday (October 2nd). The day, that also marks Mahatma Gandhiji’s birthday, was celebrated by local school children who took to wall-paintings to spread the message of cleanliness in public and private places.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was started by Government of India on October 2, 2014 as a national mission to make India ‘Open Defecation Free’ by 2019.
The day-long cleaning up at Sukinda was led by senior executives at Tata Steel including Mr. Rajesh Patel, Chief (Mining), Mr. Awanish Kumar, Head (Mining), Mr Partha Das, Head (COP), Tata Steel along with other Tata Steel officials, CSR team, Adibashi club member of Katey Purty, Nagar and Jusco officials. Local youth and citizens in large numbers also participated in the cleaning drive.
“We believe all decks on board is best way to make India open defecation free by next year and continue to give the highest priority to cleanliness in public and private places. At Tata Steel we will continue to support this mission at national and local levels,” said Mr Patel.
In July 2016 Tata Steel had launched Swachh Bharat, Swachh Noamundi with Noamundi Police in Jharkhand and a similar campaign at Tata Main Hospital to mark the second anniversary of the national mission.