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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 29 August: WEST Bengal government will be deploying 87,000-odd additional manpower in the 125 municipalities in the state for a week-long cleanliness drive that has been kick started from Kolkata today.

This comes down to deployment of an average of 30 manpower in each of the 2,894 wards that are there in the 125 municipalities. The manpower deployment is not being deployed directly by the state government. Instead, the state municipal affairs department has provided funds for this to the municipalities.

The additional workforce would clean up roads, drains, water bodies, carryout regular lifting of waste and garbage from roads, markets, hospitals and major places in the municipal areas.

State urban development minister Firhad Hakim today kicked off the drive from New Town off Kolkata and it would continue throughout the state until 05 September.

As part of the week-long cleanliness drive the municipalities have been directed to carryout intensive awareness campaign through rallies, group / public meetings, leaflets, banners, miking etc together with health awareness campaigns.

During this drive, the government has directed that cleanliness activities should be undertaken in each ward wherein the elected councillors, health functionaries, self-help groups, ICDS workers, conservancy workers, educational institutes, clubs, market committees etc should work in tandem to ensure a clean and safe urban space across Bengal.

The government has asked senior officers of the municipal affairs department to visit all the municipal areas to monitor the effective implantation of the week-long cleanliness drive.