Maligaon, September 16 (MExN): A campaign in connection with the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ to promote awareness about cleanliness kick started at the Northeast Frontier Railway headquarters in Maligaon on Wednesday.
According to updates from the NFR Chief Public Relations Officer, Subhanan Chanda, the campaign was launched by NFR General Manager Sanjive Roy who administered the ‘Swachhta Pledge’ to all officers and staff of the NFR Hq. Similar programmes were also held in all the five divisions under NFR, the official said.
The campaign which will continue till September 30, has been launched as part of the country wide drive to educate people through IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities about resisting use of plastic in railway premises, maintaining proper hygiene in view of the present pandemic scenario and observing good sanitation habits by avoiding open defecation etc., for keeping railway tracks clean, the updates stated.
It said that the NFR has already started awareness campaign through display advertisements, ‘nukkad nataks’, banners, posters, and campaigns through social media platforms throughout the zone in order to reach out to all sections of people. Moreover, a ‘Shramdan (donation of labour)’ and tree plantation programme were also organised on Wednesday as part of the campaign, it added.
During the campaign period, emphasis will be on collecting waste plastic from places like, platforms, trains, tracks, hospitals, schools, colonies etc, with the participation of retired railway personnel, family members of railway employees apart from other stakeholders. Residential premises like railway colonies, retiring rooms, waiting rooms, dormitories, running rooms, rest houses etc., will be taken up for extensive cleaning and cleanliness of water storage tanks and quality of drinking water will also be checked during this special drive, the updates informed.
Further, it said that authorised vendors at railway stations are being educated about avoiding single use plastic. Apart from providing bio-toilets in train, NFR has also provided separate dustbins for bio and non-biodegradable items in railway premises for use of railway passengers.
Railway stations are being cleaned regularly and cleanliness and cleanliness is also being monitored by CC TV, especially at important stations, it said.
Additionally, all the railway catering stalls in the NFR zone had already been asked to use only recyclable plastic for packaging of food with effect from September 15, 2019, to ensure that everyone acts in a direction to live in a clean and hygienic environment, it said.
As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada, till September 30, each day will be observed targeting, monitoring and improving different aspects related to cleanliness and hygiene, the release stated.