Tourism minister finds no garbage at India Gate, picks some trash with own hands

Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam landed at the India Gate lawns on Sunday as part of the fortnight-long 'Swachhta Hi Seva' campaign only to find no garbage at the designated places.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2017 8:49 pm
Alphons Kannanthanam, MoS, Union Minister of culture, union minister of tourism, India news, Indian Express New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Culture, and Tourism Alphons Kannanthanam participating in a cleanliness drive at India Gate. (PTI Photo)

Union Minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Sunday landed at the India Gate lawns as part of the fortnight-long ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign only to find no garbage at the designated places.

To the surprise of ministry officials and volunteers, who went about frantically ‘arranging’ some garbage for Kannanthanam- the newly appointed tourism minister began collecting litter, including empty water bottles, pan masala sachets, ice cream cups and dry leaves with his hands.

Many onlookers did not recognise the minister as he shook hands with them, patted some on the back, while asking people to keep the place clean.

He also chatted with those selling street food like golgappas, asking them questions about how much they earned and advising them to ask their customers to throw the leftover food and plates into the dustbin.

“How much do you earn per day? Do you tell customers to throw the waste plates and tissues in the dustbin kept with you? Help us in making India clean.” The Minister said though a place like India gate is cleaned everyday, there was a need to improve cleanliness.

When asked whether he stands by what he had said on Saturday over fuel price hike, the minister did not comment.

The India Gate is one of the 15 tourist sites selected by the Ministry of Tourism where the cleanliness campaign will be carried out and popularised by roping in celebrities during the 14-day period, the minister said.

“We are out here cleaning India Gate. Cleaning programmes are going on across the country. The message is we have to keep India clean. Everybody and not just government officials will have participate in this. And it has to be an everyday operation, not just once in a year and not just for the camera,” the minister said.

The other tourist destinations where cleanliness and awareness activities will be conducted by the ministry include Rishikesh Ghats in Uttarakhand, Juhu Beach in Mumbai, Dakshineshwar Temple and Belur Math in Kolkata, Kovalam Beach in Kerala and Kamakhaya temple in Guwahati.

Apart from this, 30 additional sites would also be covered during the campaign, said a senior ministry official.

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  1. B
    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:54 am
    no wonder he can not find any garbage at india gate because the biggest garbage of the country is sitting in the parliament which is called feku garbage of chaddi gang
    1. Venkat Pokkunuri
      Sep 18, 2017 at 4:56 am
      It seems, trash has replaced your brain inside your skull. needs to be cleaned using a strong detergent
    2. Praveen Chopra
      Sep 18, 2017 at 3:49 am
      Tourism Minister stop play acting. Do something to show greater numbers of tourists visit India. Correct facts and figures reveal the truth not show acting.
      1. Venkat Pokkunuri
        Sep 18, 2017 at 4:58 am
        people like you are the ones who threw the garbage India gate you deserve 10laks fine and 6months toilet cleaning as punishment
      2. P
        Sep 18, 2017 at 2:10 am
        Great, we should keep the momentum. Good luck to the new tourism minister for restoring our landmark monuments and protecting them against garbage. We should have a standard requirement of garbage bins every 200 meters in all tourist places, and 500 meter in all shopping areas. That standard should be enforced strictly everywhere. We should also have fines for littering, like Singapore does. People who litter have very little respect for the lands!
        1. R
          Sep 17, 2017 at 10:37 pm
          A new JOKER in the pack !!
          1. V
            Sep 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm
            Let's all join in "Swatch Bharat". Our homes, schools, hospitals and temples should be clean. Unless everybody contributes, cleanliness cannot be achieved.
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