Puducherry: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi launched the ‘Shramdaan movement’ as part of the Swachh Bharat and Swachh Puducherry initiatives at a remote village here.
Shramdaan is a habit and a movement, and every one irrespective of status should be involved in the drive against garbage. – Kiran Bedi
Launching the movement at Seliamedu village in Bahoor commune panchayat limits, she urged people to ensure that the goal of clean Puducherry is achieved at the earliest.
Later, Ms Bedi also volunteered to remove the garbage near the community hall which was the venue of the programme.
Wearing gloves, she swung into action accompanied by Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, District Collector of Puducherry and others.
She collected the garbage and dumped it in dustbins, and also planted saplings outside the hall. Earlier, addressing the gathering, she said, “Let us all set the goal of Swachh Puducherry and if it is achieved by October next year, the Prime Minister would visit Puducherry to felicitate each volunteer.”
Mahatma Gandhi was also involved himself in ensuring a clean environment, Kiran Bedi said and added that “we should all adhere to the path shown by the Mahatma in depending upon ourselves. Cleanliness should be the concern of every individual and no one should pass the buck to others.”
She claimed that more than 50,000 students from Pondicherry University and its affiliated colleges would soon join the shramdaan movement.
Welfare Minister M Kandasamy, who was present at the function, hailed the initiative and said, “We should all be motivated by the enthusiasm shown by the Lt Governor.”