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New Delhi [India], October 1 (ANI): The employees of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Sunday sweeped streets, mopped floors and collected trash at 90 locations across DMRC's stations, depots, residential colonies, and construction sites as part of the ongoing cleanliness drive towards a 'Garbage Free India'.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal for a nationwide cleanliness drive, DMRC employees, their family members, construction site workers etc. participated in the 'shramdaan' today.

Announcements were also made in the Metro stations informing the passengers about the initiative so that they could also participate in such activities.

The Swachhata hi Seva (SHS) campaign, celebrated from September 15 to October 2 this year, aims to inspire voluntary 'shram daan' activities that foster a sense of collective responsibility for cleanliness among the citizens.

The theme for the Swachhata hi Seva campaign in 2023 is 'Garbage Free India,' with a specific emphasis on visual cleanliness and the welfare of Safai Mitras.

DMRC has always accorded the highest priority to the issue of cleanliness and hygiene. Various initiatives to enhance the cleanliness of the entire Metro infrastructure are taken up year-round.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah to BJP chief JP Nadda including several Union Ministers and MPs were seen taking part in the cleanliness drive program under the 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign across the nation.

According to an official statement from the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat led the cleanliness drive from Chhath Ghat, ITO in Delhi as part of the ongoing'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign.

"The Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat along with Senior officials of the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to participate in'Shramdaan for Swachhata' under the 'Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta, Ek Saath' initiative of the Prime Minister, and as part of ongoing 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign," said the statement.

Calling upon people across the country to take part in a cleanliness drive on October 1 beginning at 10 am, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that Swachh Bharat is a shared responsibility, and every effort counts.

Earlier during his 105th episode of Mann ki Baat, PM Modi said, "A big event on cleanliness is going to be organised on October 1 that is on Sunday at 10 am. You too should take out time and help in this campaign related to cleanliness. You can also join this cleanliness campaign in your street, or neighbourhood or at a park, river, lake or any other public place."'Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta, Ek Saath' Campaign is a mega cleanliness drive to mark the celebration of Gandhi Jayanti. This initiative is a run-up to the'Swachhata Pakhwada- Swachhata Hi Seva' 2023 campaign. This follows PM Modi's appeal for one hour of 'Shramdaan for swachhata' at 10 am on 1st Oct by all citizens.

Every town, Gram Panchayat, and all sectors of the government like civil aviation, railways and public institutions will be facilitating cleanliness events led by the citizens.

A special portal has been set up to help organizations put up different events. This portal will also invite influencers and citizens to join this people's movement as Swachhata Ambassadors. People can click pictures and upload them on the portal to mark their presence.

The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on October 2, 2014, with an aim to make the country open defecation-free and also universal sanitation coverage.

Exhorting the people across the country to get involved in the cleanliness campaign, PM Modi said taking the campaign forward would be a giant step towards fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean India. (ANI)

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