Indian railway minister launches clean-up push

By Pamela Raghunath, Correspondent

Mumbai: The Indian Railways has thrown its weight behind a massive clean-up campaign announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with elaborate plans to launch its own cleanliness drive.

As part of the nationwide cleanliness campaign beginning on October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, rail employees across the country will step out of their homes on a national holiday to celebrate the “clean” new beginnings.

Schoolchildren will perform skits and plays while scouts and guides will carry banners asking people to keep their stations, platforms, trains, tracks, offices, workshops and railway housing colonies clean.

Perhaps, it is for the first time that a prime minister has given so much importance to cleanliness being observed everywhere in a country often criticised for its litter problem.

Taking a cue from Modi, Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda will take the lead and pick up a broom during the clean-up drive. More info

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