Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning, has cleaned the Mamallapuram beach in Tamil Nadu, in a show of his commitment towards cleanliness and fitness. This act by the Prime Minister comes on the sidelines of his second informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Prime Minister Modi had declared a mass movement against the use of single-use plastic. Taking the commitment further, PM Modi was plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram for 30 minutes on Saturday. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister shared a video of plogging along the beach. Additionally, he appealed to keep public places clean and to ensure fitness. Here is the video:
Plogging at a beach in Mamallapuram this morning. It lasted for over 30 minutes.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 12, 2019
Also handed over my ‘collection’ to Jeyaraj, who is a part of the hotel staff.
Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy!
Let us also ensure we remain fit and healthy. pic.twitter.com/qBHLTxtM9y
On October 2, the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Kiren Rijiju launched the ‘Plogging Run’ under the banner of the Fit India movement. The Minister requested everyone to participate in the event. Explaining the term, he said that it is a method to pick up plastic and other garbage while jogging. He added that plogging will lead to cleanliness and at the same time will ensure fitness.
Please join #PloggingRun on 2nd Oct Gandhi Jayanti. We can collect any litter on the route while jogging. The trash collecting activity while jogging will make India more CLEAN & FIT. Let us make the #FitIndiaMovement launched by PM @narendramodi ji a people's movement. pic.twitter.com/ELjHWIM5dR— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) September 24, 2019
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio show Mann ki Baat, spoke to Ripu Daman Bevli, who introduced the concept of plogging. PM Modi said that Bevli is known as the 'Plogman of India'. "It is a matter of pride for the world, that all 130 crore Indians have decided to make the country plastic-free on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The world is watching as we take steps towards conservation of the environment. I am assured that on October 2, you will be part of the movement for the prevention of single-use of plastic. A youth, Ripu Daman Bevli has started a unique movement called Plogging," PM Modi had said.