The Indian Railways will undertake one more drive of “MASSIVE SHRAMDAN“ with main focus on collection of plastic waste on Tuesday, the 17th September 2019. Indian Railways in the recent past also had undertaken such drives to enhance cleanliness through a collection of plastic waste from all railway premises and replacing plastics with alternatives.
The Environment and Housekeeping Management Division of Railways through a letter dated October 12, 2019, advised the national transporter to distribute cloth bags in large numbers as a preparation for the ban of single-use plastic with effect from October 2. Single-use plastic means usage of any plastic below 50 microns, in any manner.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had specially said that Indian Railways should lead this initiative and accordingly the Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal had directed a 10 days cleanliness drive earlier for trains and stations starting September 2. Goyal has been monitoring several such drives.
“He had been encouraging those Railway Divisions performing well on Swachhata too. Indian Railways due to such serious efforts, to make cleanliness its work culture, had won the Best Union Ministry Swachhata award for 2018-19 presented by the President of India on the last Friday-6th September 2019,” a Ministry of Railways statement said.
Further, Railways is also undertaking various activities relating to Swachhata Pakhwada from September 11 to October 2, 2019, leading to Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, which would be observed as Community Service day, involving the participation of all stakeholders, to make a visible impact on cleanliness, it said.
Meanwhile, the Railway Board also sent a letter to all divisional heads, directing that the SHRAMADAN drive on the September 17 should be arranged at each and every station and nearby localities, approaching the stations, and in areas near tracks all over the country.
Senior officials at the Railway stations are asked to lead the SHRAMDAAN involving the participation of all railway employees, their families, railway pensioners, and all other stakeholders and self-help groups.