Draped in quintessential orange, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last evening, took a holy dip at the Sangam, Kumbha and interacted with sanitation workers. He also performed the Ganga aarti and took part in the Triveni Puja.
The PM performed the rituals conducted by a group of priests in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Maurya and other ministers of Yogi cabinet.
Describing the sanitation workers as the “real karm yogis”, the PM honoured them by washing their feet and presenting them an angvastram. He described all those, who have been involved in ensuring the best of arrangements for the devotees gathering at Prayagraj for the Kumbh, as “Karm-Yogis.”
“No one can know the labour they (safai karamcharis) have put in the Kumbh. Cleanliness has been the trademark of this Kumbh,” Modi said at a gathering at the Kumbh Mela.Modi f elicitated a number of boatmen, policemen and paramilitary personnel for their services in keeping the mela clean, safe and secure for the crores of devotes.
In this context, he mentioned the NDRF, the boatmen, the local population, and the sanitation workers as well. Mentioning that over 21 crore people have visited the Kumbh over the last few weeks, he said the sanitation workers have shown that nothing is impossible.
He said that they are most deserving, for all the appreciation that the Kumbh has got this year. He said the moments when he offered Charan Vandana to some sanitation workers, would always remain etched in his memory.
The Prime Minister said that the Swachh Seva Samman Kosh, announced today would help the sanitation workers and their families, in times of need. He announced that five different insurance schemes will be extended to safai karmacharis, boatmen and others working at the Kumbh.The premiums for all the insurance will be deposited by the government on behalf of the beneficiaries.
The Prime Minister said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is progressing rapidly. He said the country is moving towards becoming Open Defecation Free before the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on October 2 this year.