Dabbawalas Join The Clean India Mission
The world famous dabbawalas of Mumbai took to the streets and cleaned different suburb areas after being appointed by the Prime Minister as the ambassador of “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”`
The dabbawalas are well known for their efficient delivery of tiffins across Mumbai and Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated the dabbawalas to take forward the clean India mission started by him on October 2nd.
Dabbawalas continued their task of delivering the tiffin boxes to the thousands of people across Mumbai and a special team was formed to do the cleaning task. They cleaned the streets around Andheri and lower Parel railway stations for more than an hour on Friday.
“Our men could not leave the dabba (tiffin) supply work to clean the streets. But we also could not stop ourselves from sending out the message that our city should be kept clean and green. That’s why, a substitute team of ours, consisting about 25 members, cleaned Andheri station and areas outside the Lower Parel station,” said Raghunath Medge, Head of Mumbai Dabbawala Association.
He also said “We will not stop at this. We have to make sure that we make the Prime Minister feel proud of us. We will continue to do our bit every day in keeping Mumbai clean. A team of substitute members of dabbawalas will continuously work towards fulfilling Modi’s dream of a Clean India”.
Medge said that they are a team of common people without much resource, but they are willing to do the hard work. They wanted to continue the cleaning and set an example for others by doing their daily job as well as taking time to do social work. They want the people in the city to realize the importance of keeping the city clean.
The ‘dabbawalas’ are the lifeline of the city as the team of around 5000 people supply food to around 200,000 office goers every day. They collect hot food in lunch boxes from the houses in Mumbai in the morning and deliver it to their respective workplace.
“Our institution is 125 years old and we cater to 2,00,000 customers. We will take the message to them. We will urge people not to liter footpaths and trains. We will back the clean campaign to the hilt,” said Baburao Karwante, a lunch box carrier.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi also nominated classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, former cricketer Sourav Ganguly, former Delhi police commissioner and anti-graft activist Kiran Bedi, and comedian Kapil Sharma for his “Clean India” mission.