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Department of Military Affairs Successfully Concludes Special Campaign 2.0 on Swachhta

Department of Military Affairs Successfully Concludes Special Campaign 2.0 on Swachhta

A nationwide campaign on Swachhta was organised by Department of Military Affairs (DMA), between October 02, 2022 and October 31, 2022, to institutionalize ‘Swachhta’ in its field offices and units across the country. The campaign was carried out by Army, Navy and Air Force at various locations across the country.

The three armed forces have carried out cleanliness drives in 2668 campaign sites identified by the Department. Further, 398 rules have been simplified by various organisations.  The Department has generated a remarkable revenue of Rs 212.68 Crores from the disposal and sale of scrap materials.  In respect of Record Management, 845435 physical files have been reviewed and 269132 physical files have been weeded out.  As a result of scrap disposal and weeding out of files, a space of 185887 sq.ft. have been effectively freed.

Some innovative practices have been adopted by various field formations in connection with the cleanliness campaign. A Paint Storage facility has been established at the Naval Dockyard, Vishakapatanam. The facility houses six Vertical Lift Modules capable of storing 60,000 litres of paint. It enables automatic lift and stowage of heavy paints drums in 25 trays stacked vertically and their retrieval as per user requirement. It provides for easy segregation of more than 120 types of paints used in naval ships with suitable tracking of shelf life, real time monitoring of paint stock using customized inventory management software with capability to forecast future requirement. This facility has not only reduced human effort substantially in stacking and retrieving paint drums, but also resulted in the optimum utilization of available space.

In the Northern Sector, Garud Division of Indian Army organized an awareness drive with whole-hearted cooperation of people of  Ladakh, encouraging them to clean up the rivers, springs and conserve the sensitive ecosystem of the region, as part of Swachh Bharat Campaign. Special Campaign was organized in Siachen glaciers as well, in the bone-chilling cold. A special awareness drive named ‘Go Green’ was organized by the Indian Army at Bareilly.

In the Southern Sector, Amphibious Warriors of Thiruvanthapuram Military Station carried out Beach cleaning at Kochuveli Beach to promote healthy environment for Coastal Lives & to improve Marine Ecosystem to mark Swachhata Abhiyan.

In a concerted effort to put the principles of 3-Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) into practice,  Ranbankura Division under Saptashakti command organized a cleanliness drive to get rid of the burgeoning menace of plastic waste and to promote the reuse of used plastic. The division also converted unused open spaces to recreational areas for residents, enhancing the beauty of the landscape and improving the Community access.

In the Eastern Sector, Troops of Kripan Division, Trishakti Corps along with civilians undertook cleanliness drive in Binnaguri, West Bengal. Hundreds pledged to keep the surroundings clean & tidy, thereby contributing to the cause of Swachh Bharat. Troops of Striking Lion Division, Trishakti Corps carried out Swachchata Abhiyan on the banks of the revered Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim in bone freezing temperatures.

Ministry of Defence has been conducting the Special Campaign 2.0 on Swachhta across its offices located in New Delhi and in all field offices and local units, from 2nd October 2022 to 31st October 2022.   It started with a preparatory phase from 14th to 30th September, 2022 during which targets were identified for the campaign period. This year, special emphasis was on field/outstation offices.