Kiren Rijiju names Ripu Bevli 'Plogging Ambassador of India' at 50th Fit India Plogging Run

New Delhi: Fit India Plogging Run, which was launched on 2 October 2019, concluded today in Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, having covered 50 cities across the country. During the event, Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju, felicitated Ripu Daman Bevli, popularly known as the Plogman of India, and named Bevli the Plogging Ambassador of India. The minister also launched the nationwide Plogging Ambassador Mission under which Indians who have been running and cleaning their cities, towns, or districts will be nominated as Plogging Ambassadors of their region.

Plog Run is a way of picking up garbage while jogging and was added to the Fit India Movement as a unique way of combining cleanliness and fitness. Bevli, who started plogging in 2017, started the Fit India Plogging Run with the aim of making India litter-free. Bevli and his team have covered over 1,000km through 50 cities in about 2 months, collecting 2.7 tonnes of garbage along the way.

Speaking about the success of the Fit India Plogging Run, Rijiju said, “The plog run is an amazing thing that started in India and I must thank Ripu Daman for taking the lead role. I feel cleaning is everyone’s job and plogging runs make cleaning glamorous and attractive for the youth. You are jogging and picking up trash while doing it, so you’re doing something for your fitness as well as for the cleanliness of your surroundings. Plogging rRun combines the Fit India Movement and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”

In the first Fit India Plogging Run held on 2 October, over 36 lakh people participated in over 62,000 locations across the country. This was organised with the combined efforts of Sports Authority of India, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), National Service Scheme (NSS), NGOs, KendriyaVidalaya and several other organizations joining in.

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