GUWAHATI: A campaign in connection with the 'Swachhta Pakhwara' to promote awareness about cleanliness started in NF Railway from Wednesday. The campaign will continue till September 30, 2020. It has been launched as part of the countrywide drive to educate people through IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities about resisting the use of plastic in the railway premises, maintenance of proper hygiene in view of the present pandemic scenario and observance of good sanitation habits by avoiding open defecation etc., for keeping clean the railway tracks. The NFR has already started awareness campaign through display advertisements, nukkad nataks, banners, posters, and campaigns through social media platforms.
NFR General Manager Sanjve Roy administered the 'Swachhta Pledge' to all officers and staffers of NFR HQs at Maligaon. Similar programmes were also held in all the five NFR divisions. A 'Shramdan' and tree-plantation programme was also organized as part of the 'Swachhta Pakhwara'. During the period, retired railway personnel, family members of railway employees apart from other stake holder will also participate. Emphasis will be on collection of waste plastic items from places like platforms, trains, tracks, hospitals, schools, and colonies among other places within the NFR. Extensive cleaning operations will be undertaken in various residential premises like the railway colonies, retiring rooms, waiting rooms, dormitories, running rooms, and rest houses. Cleanliness of water storage tanks and quality of drinking water will also be checked during this special drive As part of the 'Swachhta Pakhwara', each day upto September 30 will be observed targeting monitoring and improvement of different aspects related to cleanliness and hygiene.
It may be mentioned that authorised vendors at railway stations are being educated about avoiding the single-use plastic. Apart from providing bio-toilets in train, the NFR has also provided separate dustbins for bio and non-bio degradable items in railway premises for use of railway passengers. The railway stations are being cleaned regularly. Cleanliness of some important stations is also being monitored by CC TVs. All the railway catering stalls in NFR have already been asked to use only recycleable plastic for packaging of food with effect from September 15, 2019. All these efforts are being undertaken so that everyone acts in a direction to live in a clean and hygienic environment, the release added.
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