MoT, Railways sign MoU on Campaign Clean India

Default, Tourism — By on July 16, 2012 at 5:15 pm

ATN Desk

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Campaign Clean India between the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Railways was signed in the presence of the Minister of Tourism Subodh Kant Sahai and the Minister of Railways Mukul Roy on July 6, in the national capital. The MOU was signed by Usha Sharma, Additional Director General (Tourism) on behalf of Ministry of Tourism and Mani Anand, Executive Director (Tourism & Catering) on behalf of Ministry of Railways. Each Ministry will designate a Joint Secretary level officer for monitoring the implementation of the MoU. Speaking on the occasion Sahai said convergence with Railway Ministry is very important for developing tourism in the country and abroad. He said this will help in effectively branding India as a major tourist destination. Also speaking on the occasion, Roy said that on mutually agreed term and conditions, Railways and Ministry of Tourism together will undertake vinyl wrapping of rakes of some long distance trains highlighting Campaign Clean India. Staff would also be available in such trains under this scheme for maintaining proper cleanliness.

As per the MoU the two Ministries will work together towards a sustained sensitization campaigns for train travellers and service providers under the Capacity Building for Service Providers scheme of Ministry of Tourism and for consultations and discussions with the stake holders including the travel trade to evolve strategies for the up-keep and cleanliness of the stations and coaches. The Ministry of Railways will work towards the provision of controlled access to the stations and provision of chemical toilets in trains to keep the stations clean. The Ministry of Railways will encourage the Hotels and Travel Trade Associations, the Companies and the Corporate Houses to adopt Railway Stations in furtherance of Campaign Clean India. In return, the Ministry of Railways will offer advertising opportunities to the patrons.The Ministry of Tourism will undertake branding of long distance trains running on important routes in different regions of the country, whereby one side would depict important tourism sites of the country and the other side would carry Campaign Clean India messages on mutually agreed routes and terms.

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