Smriti Irani pays surprise visit to Delhi school, promotes 'Swachh Bharat'

Union Human Resource Development Minister ( HRD) Smriti Irani Thursday made a surprise visit to the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Sector 8 in R K Puram and participated in a cleaning drive as a part of the government's 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.

ANI| Last Updated: Sep 25, 2014, 11:17 AM IST

New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister ( HRD) Smriti Irani Thursday made a surprise visit to the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Sector 8 in R K Puram and participated in a cleaning drive as a part of the government's 'Swachh Bharat' campaign.

Promoting the cleaning drive, Irani said, "This is a message that the country is ours and our aim is that the environment and surroundings should be clean."

"The curriculum is important as cleanliness should not only be the programme, rather a habit and a part of the lifestyle," she added.

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday gave its approval for the "Swachh Bharat Mission for Urban Areas".

It is proposed to be implemented over five years starting from October 2, 2014 in all 4041 statutory towns.

The total expected cost of the programme for over five years is Rs 62,009 crores, out of which the proposed central assistance will be of Rs 14,623 crores.

The Delhi Municipal Corporations are also geared up to run a 100-day cleanliness drive under the campaign.