The South Central Railway undertook a massive ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ all over its network on Friday on the occasion of birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
The programme marks the continuation of the Mission Cleanliness-Swachh Rail-Swachh Bharat, launched on Indian Railways exactly on the same day last year. Union Lab our Minister Bandaru Dattatreya led the programme at Secunderabad Railway Station while BJP MLA G. Kishan Reddy initiated the drive at Kacheguda Railway Station in the presence of P.K. Saxena, General Manager, South Central Railway. Umesh Singh, Additional General Manager, SCR and other senior railway officials were present.
The ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ programme at Secunderabad railway station was marked by paying of floral tributes to the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi by Bandaru Dattatreya and BJP MLC N. Ramchander Rao. The Union Minister and MLC actively participated in the cleanliness drive at Secunderabad railway station, along with the SCR GM and other officials. The programme saw large scale participation of volunteers from Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation who lent their assistance to the railway officers and staff in the cleanliness drive.
Addressing the gathering, Dattatreya highlighted the importance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and underlined the priority being accorded towards the same by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stressed that cleanliness should be an everyday task and it is the duty of every citizen to lend their hand in ensuring a ‘Clean India’. He spoke on the importance that was accorded to cleanliness by the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi who led by example in ensuring cleanliness in the surroundings. He made a special mention of the significant improvement made by Railways in General and South Central Railway in particular in the aspect of cleanliness of rail premises & trains and lauded the role played by the staff who are involved in this activity. The Union Minister expressed confidence that SCR will continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness on railways.
Ramchander Rao administered the ‘Swachta Pledge’ to the gathering and spoke on the importance being accorded towards cleanliness by the Union Govt. and expressed happiness that South Central Railway is undertaking the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with commitment.
The SCR GM, in his interaction with the media, focussed on the plans for maintenance of cleanliness at Railway Stations and on trains by involvement of required manpower and cleaning machinery. It is with sustained efforts that stations on SCR, including Secunderabad have been able to attain the image of being amongst the best on Indian Railways. He assured that these standards of cleanliness will not just be continued to maintain, but every effort will go towards still bettering the same. (INN)