Indian prime minister picks up rubbish from beach
Narendra Modi launched a Clean India campaign after he became prime minister in 2014.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has been picking up rubbish from a beach in the southern temple town where he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, as part of his cleanliness campaign.
Mr Modi released a short video on Twitter showing him walking barefoot in the sand on Saturday, collecting the rubbish in a bag, in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state.
He tweeted: “Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy.”
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
Mr Modi launched a Clean India campaign after he became prime minister in 2014.
In a radio talk last month, Mr Modi praised the efforts of an Indian “plogger,” Ripudaman Belvi, who launched a campaign to pick up litter while jogging.
Mr Modi said that “plogging” is popular in foreign countries, and praised Mr Belvi for promoting it in India.