New Delhi: The Central government has reportedly freed up space equivalent to four Rashtrapati Bhavans by weeding out 13.73 lakh files between October 2 and October 31, as part of the special cleanliness drive directed by the Prime Minister last month, as per reports.
Around 8.06 lakh square feet of space has been freed, whereas the floor space of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is around two lakh square feet. The government has reportedly sold scrap worth nearly Rs 40 crore from the entire exercise.
“The implementation phase of the exercise ended October 31. Figures will be updated by ministries till November 8. These figures are massive,” a senior government official told media. The total target of files to be weeded out is 15.23 lakh files and the same could be achieved when the figures are updated by November 8.
The government has also disposed of 2.92 lakh public grievances in the said period out of the nearly 3.28 lakh which are overdue, along with disposing nearly 18,000 appeals filed with higher authorities.
The result is much cleaner and roomier government offices and buildings, senior government officials told media.
Nearly 8,300 pending references from MPs have been cleared and over 950 parliamentary assurances have been responded to in the drive. Around 940 state government references from Chief Ministers have also been responded to.
The government also carried out close to 5,000 cleanliness drives in the said period and eased out 685 rules or processes as part of simplification of the rules.