New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday reached the city's Baba Sahib Ambedkar Higher Secondary School in Paharganj and took up a broom to clean the surroundings.

As part of his 'shram daan' or voluntary work, he cleaned the school surroundings with a broom.

Wearing a pale pink half-sleeve kurta, Modi was seen picking up pieces of paper and disposable plastic glasses with his hands.

The Prime Minister used a shovel to gather the garbage at one place.

After reaching the school, Modi paid floral tributes at a statue of BR Ambedkar.

The Prime Minister was seen interacting with some students, apparently giving them a talk on the importance of cleanliness. Earlier, he had interacted with people via a video link to launch "Swachhata Hi Seva" movement, a fortnight-long event.

Some children were overwhelmed by the presence of the Prime Minister in their midst. A young student rushed to touch his feet on the day when Modi had thrown security concerns to the wind.

The 'Swachhata Hi Seva' movement aims at generating greater public participation towards swachhata (cleanliness) and is being organised in the run-up to the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, on October 2 2018, which will also mark the commencement of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Prime Minister's Office said no special traffic arrangements were made for the movement of the prime minister and that he reached the venue in usual traffic conditions.

Babasaheb Ambedkar School near Ambedkar Bhawan on Jhansi Rani Road, Paharganj, is a higher secondary school affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education.

The school has been operating under a trust named as Delhi Schedule Caste Welfare Association registered under Society Registration Act. The Society has been registered on June 17, 1946.

The campus was bought by none other than Dr BR Ambedkar in 1946 with an aim to advance the educational, social and economic wellbeing of scheduled castes.