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Press Release No. 23803-10-2020

दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 238  Dt: 02.10.2020



South Western Railway celebrated 151st Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji today.  Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR paid floral tributes to the newly installed statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Hubballi railway station.

Speaking o­n the occasion, Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR highlighted the 5 principles of Mahatma Gandhi viz. Ahinsa, Satya, Astheya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha. He said Mahtama Gandhi stressed o­n cleanliness as next to Godliness.  He practically demonstrated the importance of cleanliness and sanitation by adopting cleaning an integral part of his as way of life. Cleanliness is very important for physical well-being and a healthy environment. It has bearing o­n public and personal hygiene. Shri Ajay Kumar Singh said that all advanced and developed countries give priority to cleanliness and India is making giant strides towards cleanliness and development.

          Shri P.K. Mishra, AGM/SWR said that Mahatma Gandhi gave importance to cleanliness. Gandhi had said that cleanliness is more important than independence. Shri Mishra appreciated the work done in Swachhta Pakhwara and complimented officers and staff for same.

Speaking o­n the occasion, Shri Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway Manager of Hubballi Division said that Mahatma Gandhi continues to inspire mankind through his ideals such as truth, non-violence etc. He recalled the motivation he used to get from visiting Sabarmati and Wardha. He said that Railway is committed to cleanliness, as can be seen from the enthusiasm of staff in cleanliness drives.  As a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Hubballi Division conducted cleanliness drive from 16.09.2020 to 30.09.2020. Mahatma Gandhi statue provided at Hubballi railway station is curated and manufactured by M/s. Artwaley and sponsored by Dr. Ch. VSV Prasad, MD of Swarnaa Group of Companies.

During the celebration, Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR distributed prizes to the winners of drawing competition held as part of Swachhta Pakhwara o­n 30.09.2020 at Hubballi railway museum.

The winners of Drawing Competition are as given below:

Category 1: upto 8 years

1.Master Varun Maleker

2.Miss. T. Devi Priya

3.Miss. Tejashwini S. Pujar

Category 2: 8 to 12 years

1.Miss. Akanksha Mundinamani

2.Miss. Akshita Goel

3.Miss. Apoorva M.H

Category 12 to 16 years

1.Master Kishan R. Pujari

2.Miss. Rajnandini Thakur

3.Master Niranjan Sheelavant

The conclusion ceremony of Fit India Freedom Run was also held at the station premises.   Shri S.S. Katware, President of South Western Railway Sports Association said that SWR participated in Fit India Freedom Run which was launched o­n 15th August 2020. During these 48 days, 7000 people participated in the drive o­n an average per day and have covered 38,000 Km per day.  During the entire drive, SWR has achieved a total of 10.4 Lakh Kilometre, he said.

Smt. Sujata Singh, President of SWRWWO-Headquarters;  Smt. Meenal Gandhe, President of SWRWWO-Division;  Shri P. Ravikumar, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer;  Shri Vilas K. Gunda, Principal Chief Medial Director; Shri M.A. V. Ramanujam, Principal Chief Safety Officer; Miss. Rupa Srinivasan, Principal Finance Advisor; other PHODs , Officers & staff attended the event.

Later floral tributes was paid to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Vallabh Bhai Nagar. A park named ‘Sarvodaya Park’ was opened in the railway colony at Keshwapur. A park named ‘Lalbahadur Shastri Park’ with a statue of Lalbahadur Shastri was also opened at Railway Officers colony behind Railway Hospital. GM and other officers garlanded the statue of Lalbahadur Shastri o­n the occasion.  A new hall named Navya was opened at ‘Tamanna’,a school for Specially abled children being run by SWRWWO-HQ.  

                                                          Chief Public Relations Officer                                                                             South Western Railway, Hubballi


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