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Officer behind Centre’s Swachhta drive quits | India Information

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NEW DELHI: Union consuming water and sanitation secretary, Parameswaran Iyer, thought-about as one of many PM’s favorite bureaucrats, has resigned from the submit, an order posted by personnel ministry mentioned. Iyer’s resignation has been accepted with impact from August 21. […]

NEW DELHI: Union consuming water and sanitation secretary, Parameswaran Iyer, thought-about as one of many PM’s favorite bureaucrats, has resigned from the submit, an order posted by personnel ministry mentioned.
Iyer’s resignation has been accepted with impact from August 21. He didn’t reply to a number of calls by this TOI correspondent.
Sources mentioned a significant occasion has been deliberate to have a good time the success of Swachh Bharat Mission at Gandhi Smriti subsequent month earlier than Iyer’s retirement.
A 1981-batch IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, Iyer had taken voluntary retirement from the service in 2009. He was introduced again as consuming water and sanitation secretary by way of lateral entry in 2016 on a contractual foundation when the ministry was struggling to speed up PM’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission in rural areas.
Effectively-known as a sanitation specialist the federal government had given two extensions to Iyer until April 30, 2021.
Iyer had set an instance for others when he acquired inside a twin pit to empty it at Gangadevipally village in Telangana in February 2017 “to beat the taboo”. PM had talked about this act in his month-to-month radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ calling it as “exceptional”.
In April 2018, PM Modi had taken Iyer’s identify at a mammoth conference of Swachhgrahis at Champaran in Bihar and had applauded his management in making rural India open defecation free. He had requested cameramen to concentrate on Iyer and never on him as an actual hero whereas appreciating his work.
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