As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from 1st to 15th November, 2018, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized a Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge.
This was organized to reward innovative solutions by DIPP recognized Start-ups in the country. Four areas of sanitation, waste management, water and wastewater management and air management were selected for the grand challenge.
One hundred sixty-five applications were received from 70 districts in 22 states. Unique solutions were received from start-upswho had also filed for intellectual property rights.
The 1st Prize money for the Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge was Rs. 2 lakh and 2nd Prize, Rs. 1 lakh along with a certificate of appreciation.
During the Swachhta Pakhwada observed by DIPP in November this year various activities were also undertaken like cleaning of corridors, office premises, quadrangles and parking areas of Udyog Bhawan, moping of glass partitions and cleaning of sections/records/library.
Along with the Horticulture Department of CPWD the cutting of hedges, pruning of tree branches, mowing the lawn, display and colouring of plant pots, removal of weeds and repairs and replacement of broken pots was undertaken.
Further, in order to encourage proper upkeep and maintenance of records, Swachhata awards were given to the best maintained sections of DIPP. A committee checked every room during the Swachhta Pakhwada.
The awards were given away by Secretary DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek in New Delhi today.>