Keep stations clean or face strict action: Railway minister to officials
You may soon see litter-free platforms and clean train compartments.
After numerous complaints from commuters on social media, railway minister Piyush Goyal has urged officials to pull their socks up and pay attention to cleanliness.
Goyal and chairman of the Railway Board Ashwani Lohani have asked general managers to step up their Swachhta campaign.
Lohani told general managers through video conferencing that surprise checks on stations would be conducted to keep tabs on the cleanliness drive.
If the railway authorities fail to maintain cleanliness on stations and in the railway offices, official will face strict action.
This has prompted the Western and Central railway to start a massive Swachhta Abhiyaan at stations. The offices of the railway officers are also under the scanner and have been asked to keep the railway premises clean.
“It is an internal message which has been circulated among top railway officials, who have been asked to monitor cleanliness at railway stations and in railway offices,” said a senior railway official.
Top officials in both the railway headquarters, including the general managers, will inspect the stations and railway offices.
The long-distance trains originating from central and western line are being inspected.
If the railways receive a complaint on social media about dirty coach, officials are directed to check the entire train.
“The railways has been talking about cleanliness but not putting it into practice. Holding officials accountable for illmaintained station premises and trains will go a long way in stepping efforts in the cleanliness drive. The officials should not take this as an order but make cleanliness a habit and a routine. This will also help in maintaining hygiene at railway stations,” said Subash Gupta, president, Rail Yatri Parishad.