Swachh Bharat stationery in civic bodies soon

The new batch of notepads, files and other stationery items will sport the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan logo, which features Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses prominently. The existing stock too has begun sporting stickers displaying the logo.  

Cleanliness begins at home. And to make sure the officials are reminded the same every day, the municipal corporations will soon start using stationery stamped with the logo of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The desks of civic body officials will soon sport notepads, files and other stationery with the logo that displays Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses prominently. This move comes after instructions from the Union Urban Development Ministry to display the logo on all official stationery.

At a meeting on November 22, the Ministry officials had told all Departments in Delhi that new stationery should have the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan logo. South and East corporations Commissioner Manish Gupta said letterheads, visiting cards, notepads and file covers will sport the logo.

“We have already started putting stickers with the logo on existing stocks of stationery. When new stationery is printed, it will have the Swachh Bharat logo,” said Mr. Gupta.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has also started putting stickers with the Swachh Bharat logo on officials’ cars, garbage trucks and all other vehicles owned by it.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is also in the process of having new stationery printed. North and East Corporations spokesperson Y.S. Mann said stickers creating awareness about cleanliness have been put up at the headquarters and zonal offices. The stickers feature cartoon characters like “Kooda Kumar” and “Thuthu Kumar”, and ask Delhiites not to become like them.

The lack of cleanliness at offices of the municipal corporations, which are responsible for sanitation, was highlighted last month during inspections by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung.

On November 18, the North Corporation removed City zone Deputy Commissioner Hemendra Kumar after the Home Minister found the Zonal office in a mess.