Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the fortnight-long “Swachhata Hi Seva Movement” to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2. Terming it a historic movement to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India, Modi launched the movement while interacting with volunteers from across the nation via video conferencing.
He also said that only by building toilets India won’t become clean, rather cleanliness is a habit which one has to adapt and follow everyday and urged all sections of society and every part of the country to join the cleanliness drive.
The prime minister spoke to groups of people from across the country besides several religious figures, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and personalities including Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata through video-conference in which they shared details of their work for the campaign. The sanitation coverage in India has increased to over 90 per cent from 40 per cent in four years, Modi said.
After his nearly-two-hour-long interaction, Modi took part in a cleanliness drive on the premises of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Higher Secondary School in Paharganj.Union ministers and BJP leaders and workers across the country also participated in the exercise following the prime minister’s programme.
The prime minister spoke to people in states such as Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Haryana. He also interacted with Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel involved in cleaning Pangong Lake and its surroundings in Leh, besides religious and spiritual figures like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and Mata Amritanandamayi.
He also interacted with Sikh religious figures from Patna Sahib gurudwara and Muslim custodians of Ajmer Sharif shrine among others. Modi said those working for the cleanliness campaign would be remembered like freedom fighters in the times to come and would be known as true heirs to Gandhi. He said his government is working for “waste to wealth” and sought contributions from everybody.
Yogi Adityanath said Uttar Pradesh, the country’s most populous and among the most poor states, would be OFD by October 2, 2018 as per a baseline survey of the clean India campaign.