SWACHH RAIL – SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN
The Sant Nirankari Mission has been carrying out the cleanliness and tree plantation drives and organizing blood donation camps and several other activities under the auspices of the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation for the past several years. The volunteers of the Foundation associated by Sewa Dal members and other devotees of the Mission have been carrying out cleanliness and tree plantation drives on 23rd February every year to celebrate the Birthday of His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj.
In these drives, the Foundation has paid special attention to historical monuments, public places, hospitals and river banks. Participating in the country-wide ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ initiated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on October 2, 2014, in Delhi the Foundation concentrated on Red Fort, ISBT, Railway Station and Metro Station, Anand Vihar, Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini, Metro Station GTB Nagar and IBHS Hospital, Dilshad Garden. On 22nd February this year, a special drive was carried out to clean Nigam Bodh Ghat, Sur Ghat and Ram Ghat – all situated along the banks of Yamuna. Similarly, beaches, river banks, banks of canals were cleaned throughout the country to create awareness to keep the water free from pollution.
In recognition of all such contributions towards the service of humanity, the Hon’ble President of India invited His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj for high tea as one of the Swachh Bharat Ambassadors on September 10, 2015. The meeting was, however, attended by Rev Sandeep Khinda Ji on behalf of His Holiness.
This was followed by a request from Shri Suresh Prabhu, the Hon’ble Minister for Railways addressed to His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, to adopt some Railway Stations across the country for cleanliness as a part of ‘Swachh Rail – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ on October 2, 2015. Accordingly, the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation adopted 45 main Railway Stations in the country.
The Railway Stations chosen by the Foundation included Delhi Main, New Delhi and Hazrat Nizamuddin, Ambala Cantt, Bhodwal Mazri (Haryana), Varanasi, Lucknow JN., Lucknow Char Bagh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Gwalior, Agra Cantt, Allahabad, Kanpur Central, Mathura, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur City, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Kota, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Indore, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Nagpur, Pune, Patna, Dhanbad, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar, Tata Nagar, Ernakulam, Chennai Central, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Raipur, Bangalore City, Ratnagiri, Swant Wadi, Rajapur and Chiplun.
In all, more than 20,000 volunteers of the Foundation, Sant Nirankari Sewa Dal members and other devotees of the Sant Nirankari Mission participated in the campaign on this single day, October 2, 2015. The Foundation will conduct the campaign at each selected Railway Station at least once in every month for one year.
The main function on October 2, 2015 was held at the New Delhi Railway Station where Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj inaugurated the ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.’ Speaking on the occasion, Baba Ji said:
“Cleanliness must become our culture. Every citizen of the country should not only be aware of the need to keep the surroundings clean but act with a sense of realization and responsibility. Let cleanliness be a natural part of our manners, our etiquette.
Recently, we visited a village in Meghalaya which had been declared as the cleanest village of the year. We noticed that a child threw a wrapper outside his house and another child, aged just 4 years, came at once and removed it. This is the kind of culture each and every child, young and the old has to adopt
The devotees of the Mission participate in cleanliness drives and other campaigns to remove pollution with a spirit of faith and devotion. It’s not even possible otherwise. Moreover, they do not make it an eye-wash or a mere attempt to seek publicity in the media. They displayed such spirit on this day last year while participating in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
Today, we are celebrating Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhi Ji too believed that cleanliness outside can be achieved only when our minds are clean and pure. The Sant Nirankari Mission too preaches the same, saying that pollution must be removed both from the mind as well as the environment.”
Earlier, Shri Rakesh Mutreja gave a detailed account of various activities undertaken by the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation towards the service of humanity in the fields of education, blood donation, cleanliness, tree plantation, empowerment of youth and women, etc. and the appreciation and recognition it has earned in the country and across the world, including the UN.
Speaking on the occasion, the senior officers of the Railways including Shri Pradeep Kumar, Member Staff, Railway Board, Shri A.K. Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railway and Shri Arun Arora, Divisional Railway Manager, Delhi thanked Baba Ji and the Foundation for their blessings and cooperation. They revealed that out of 27 religious and spiritual organizations to whom the Hon’ble Railway Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu addressed his letter, Sant Nirankari Mission was the first to respond and top with the offer to clean 45 Railway Stations not only on 2nd October, but once in every month thereafter also for one year. They also gave details of various steps they are taking to ensure cleanliness and better service by the Railways.
His Holiness, Pujya Mata Ji and almost all the Members of the Central Planning and Advisory Board, Executive Committee of the Sant Nirankari Mandal and the Management of the Foundation visited Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi and Delhi Main Railway Stations and blessed and encouraged the volunteers.
A large number of school children from the Mission also participated in the drive with placards carrying slogans such as: Suno Rail Ki Siti Ayee, Saaf Karo Raho Ko Bhai; Rail Aapki Sampatti Hai, Swachhta Vikas Ki Guarantee Hai; Gandagi Hai Jahan Narak Hai Wahan, Swachhta Hai Jahan Swarg Hai Wahan; Bharat Ko Rog Mukt Banana Hai, Swachhta Ko Apnana Hai; and Sabhi Rogon Ki Ek Dawai, Ghar Mein Rakhen Saaf Safai.
The function concluded with the release of balloons by His Holiness and Pujya Mata Sawinder Ji to mark the launching of the ‘Swachh Rail – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Baba Ji and Pujya Mata Ji also flagged off the Mosquito Terminator Train introduced by Northern Railway to spray insecticides and remove the pollution from the air and water in and around Delhi.