Speaking to NDTV on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi -- which is observed as the Rashtriya Swacchta Diwas or National Cleanliness Day -- the minister said, "We have launched a movement to clean up the railways. Our agenda is 'Rail Bade, Desh Bade' and 'Swachh Rail, Swachh Bharat'."
India cannot be clean if the railways aren't clean, Mr Prabhu said at the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign. "We have taken initiatives to ensure cleanliness. Bio toilets, clean my coach, clean stations are some of them. We are working on a zero discharge mission," he said.
To this end, he also spoke of a mass mobilisation effort by involving the public, non-profits, and local bodies.
The commuters, he said, need to take responsibility. "It can't be that they keep throwing trash, and we keep cleaning it. We need join hands and work together to make railways a far better enterprise."
Artistes and students have been roped in for the railways' aim to beautify the stations - a project that has already succeeded in at least seven railway stations of Rajasthan, notably Sawai Madhopur, where lively paintings adorn the walls and set the tone of the visit for tourists.
Later, the minister tweeted:
4/Artists,students,experts hv got together to create themes and designs for various stations.Also focusing on history, environment, culture— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) October 2, 2016
"We are moving beyond cleanliness and working on improving the overall aesthetics of the stations to improve the travel experience," he also said.
The Clean India campaign - a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi - was announced by the Prime Minister from the ramparts of the Red Fort on August 15, 2014, months after the NDA government came to power.
Quoting the Mahatma -- who has been held up as the icon and inspiration for the Clean India Mission by the Prime Minister -- Mr Prabhu said, "Gandhiji said, 'change must begin from within'. We must introspect and inculcate a habit of cleanliness."
5/ Cannot be a better day than #GandhiJayanti to re dedicate ourselves to the cause of cleanliness. Will be fitting tribute to the Mahatma— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) October 2, 2016
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