MAMALLAPURAM, India — As part of his cleanliness drive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi picked up trash Saturday from a beach in the southern temple town where he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Modi released a short video on Twitter showing him walking barefoot in the sand, collecting the trash in a bag on Saturday morning in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu state.

He tweeted, “Let us ensure our public places are clean and tidy.”

Modi launched a “Clean India” campaign after he became prime minister in 2014.

In a radio talk last month, Modi lauded the efforts of an Indian “plogger,” Ripudaman Belvi, who launched a campaign to pick up litter while jogging.

Modi said that “plogging” is popular in foreign countries, and praised Belvi for promoting it in India.


In this handout photo provided by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi picks trash from a beach in Mamallapuram, India. As part of his cleanliness drive, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has picked up trash from a beach in the southern temple town where he hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Indian Prime Minister’s Office via AP) (Associated Press)

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