Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme today praised Rahul Maharana of Odisha for his efforts towards clearing plastic garbage.
“Rahul goes to the pilgrimage sites in Puri early in the morning every Sunday, and clears the plastic garbage there. He has cleaned hundreds of kilos of plastic garbage and dirt so far. As citizens, we must carry out our duties, whether it is cleanliness, nutrition or vaccination… all these efforts also help us in staying healthy,” the PM said.
Recently, Rahul cleaned garbage at beach and mangrove near Devi estuary at Astaranga in Puri district. He collected solid waste, including plastic and other polluting materials, making the area cleaner.
He launched the drive on January 8 and has cleaned around 1000 kg of waste single-handedly.
He had earlier carried out similar drive at Pir Jahania beach, Rushikulya mass nesting site and other places.
The 22-year-old youth of Ambadiha village in Khurda works as a security guard with a private company in Bhubaneswar.