On August 8, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra (RSK) an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission, at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at Rajghat, New Delhi in the presence of Gajendra Singh Shekhavat, Union Minister of Jal Shakti and Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State (MoS) of Jal Shakti. He dedicated the RSK as a permanent tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
- The RSK was first announced by the Prime Minister on 10th April 2017, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Gandhiji’s Champaran Satyagraha.
- Consisting of three distinct sections , RSK has a balanced mix of digital and outdoor installations tracking India’s transformation from having over 50 crore people defecating in the open in 2014 to becoming open defecation free in 2019.
–PM launched ‘Gandagi Mukt Bharat’ – week long (Aug 8-15, 2020) campaign for Swachhata
PM Narendra Modi also launched ‘Gandagi Mukt Bharat’, a special week long campaign from August 8, 2020 for swachhata in the run up to Independence Day, during which each day till 15th August will have special swachhata initiatives in urban and rural India to re-enforce the jan andolan for swachhata.
–Railways to observe cleanliness week from August 10-15 to mark Independence Day
Railways will observe cleanliness week from August 10 to August 15, 2020 to mark the Independence Day. During the week, a special Cleanliness drive will be launched and special focus will be given to clean the tracks, station offices, colonies, work sites, edge of stations and other areas near railway premises.
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About Ministry of Railways:
Union Minister– Piyush Goyal
Minister of state (MoS)– Suresh Channabasappa Angadi