Indian Railway has found a novel way to implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Mission. The Union Railway Ministry along with NGO Sulabh International have decided to recruit school children to clean railway stations across India.
Every Sunday, around 300 children will clean up the platforms and premises of railway stations. The NGO has so far formed 164 students’ clubs in 20 states. It plans to cover all 8,000 railway stations in India
As per media reports, Sulabh is taking up the issue with station masters of all railway stations and school managements. “The move will help generate awareness among children about sanitation and hygiene,” felt Bindeshwar Pathak, NGO founder, who was made brand ambassador for ‘Swacch Rail Mission’ on November 2.
It may be noted that despite drives, a majority of railway stations continue to remain dirty. In a recent survey conducted at 407 major railway stations, it was found that railway stations in UP and Bihar were the dirtiest. Even passenger feedback pointed out to the same. Railway stations across Gujarat in cities such as Jamnagar, Gandhinagar, Surat and Rajkot were found to be the cleanest.
Indian Railway is also taking up the cleanliness drive in a big way. “It will play an important role in making Clean India a reality,” said Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.
As part of the Mission, Sulabh has started cleaning five important railway stations such as Gorakhpur, Old Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Gwalior.