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Civic officials suspended for negligence sanitation duties in Delhi

New Delhi : Lt Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday drove home to local officials the importance of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Campaign when, after a surprise check of government buildings and public facilities, he suspended and transferred civic officials.

After visiting 8 hospitals, 20 schools and 6 municipal deputy commissioner’s offices across Delhi, Jung expressed his unhappiness over shoddy implementation of the programme.

The campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Oct 2 with an aim to make Indian litter-free by 2019.

“Zonal municipal deputy commissioner was suspended while show-cause notices were issued to few divisional commissioners.

“School principals were suspended and transferred, officials of public works department were suspended too,” a statement added.

Jung told the officials that “Let this (visit) be a warning. More action will follow. Swachh Bharat Mission is an important mission and anyone found lacking shall be shown no mercy.”

“These surprise visits will become a weekly affair. I along with my officers shall be leading these visits to various departments/offices every week.” a statement said quoting Jung.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the state of affairs, Jung directed the chief secretary (Delhi) to issue a written warning to the deputy commissioner (Shahdara South).