Hamara Neta Kaisa Ho? MP Energy Minister Gives Swachh Bharat Mission a Boost, Cleans Office Toilets


Hamara Neta Kaisa Ho? MP Energy Minister Gives Swachh Bharat Mission a Boost, Cleans Office Toilets

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It’s no surprise that most public toilets in the country are filthy, smell bad, and are nearly impossible to use without layers of protection. After receiving multiple complaints about the state of one such toilet in Gwalior, a minister has now decided to take matters into his own hands.

Last Friday, Madhya Pradesh Energy Minister, Pradhyuman Singh Tomar, gave the Swachh Bharat Mission a much-needed boost, after he decided to clean the toilets of the commissioner’s office in Gwalior himself.

The Energy minister had been in the building for a meeting with the divisional commissioner. When he was on his way out, reports said, several women employees approached him to complain about the state of the washrooms.

So with the help of a few other members of the civic conservancy staff, and some cleaning material, Tomar got to work. He later told reporters that dirty toilets cause difficulty to all, especially women.

The minister also shared photographs of the cleanliness drive in a post on Facebook, in which he said his father taught him the true value of public service.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan make continuous efforts to ensure cleanliness. Offices should be clean,” the Energy minister was also quoted as saying in NDTV.

This isn’t the first time Tomar has led by example, either. Last November, a video went viral of the then Food and Supplies Minister cleaning out a clogged drain, after residents complained that filthy drain water was entering their homes.

In the clip, Tomar is seen standing waist deep in gutter water, pulling out debris with a shovel. A few days after that incident, the Gwalior municipal commissioner went on to suspend three officials associated with the civic health department.

Hopefully, Tomar’s latest act of public service has the required impact as well, and doesn’t go down in history as another photo-op. Either way, it’s good to see a politician finally leading by example.