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In Pics: How Leaders And People Across India Participated In #SwachhtaHiSeva Campaign

?Swachhata Hi Seva' (Service for Sanitation) cleanliness drive has begun ahead of the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The massive drive led by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation aims to mobalise people from all walks of life - from President Ram Nath Kovind, celebrities, politicians, faith leaders, corporate honchos and the aam janta urging them to end open defecation and undertake shramdaan for cleanliness in tourist and public places. Here are some pictures of how leaders and people participated in the #SwachhataHiSeva campaign

At the launch of Swachhata Hi Seva campaign in Ishwari Ganj, Kanpur, President Ram Nath Kovind took pledge to maintain cleanliness along with everyone present. The President congratulated every resident of the Ishwari Ganj village for successfully eradicating open defecation from the village. "Swachhta is no longer just the responsibility of government departments or officials. Mahatma Gandhi had said this decades back," said President Ram Nath Kovind.

At the launch event, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed President Ram Nath Kovind on behalf of the residents of Uttar Pradesh. The UP CM said that when the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan had begun, many people questioned the necessity of it. The mission has now become a people's movement. The Chief Minister also stated that over 10 lakh toilets have been built in the past six months and 15,000 toilets are being built every day. 10,000 villages and 4 districts in the state have become ODF. The state's aim is to build 78 lakh toilets to make Uttar Pradesh open defecation free by October 2018.

While speaking at the launch event, Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation said that she feels blessed to be a part of such a programme. She further stated that people through their activities will play the major role in ensuring cleanliness.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also participated in a cleanliness drive with Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITPB) officials in Delhi. While addressing the officers, he stated that the government is confident in fulfilling the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of making India open defecation free by October 2019. He also pledged that he will dedicate two hours every week towards volunteer work to ensure cleanliness in his surroundings.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis participated in a cleanliness drive at Crawford Market to mark the launch of the #SwachhataHiSeva campaign.

Anurag Thakur, BJP MP from Himachal Pradesh participated in the ''Swachhata Hi Seva'' campaign by conducting a cleanliness drive in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh.

Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, gave away tumblers to promote the habit of waste segregation during the launch of the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign.

Nongthombam Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur attended the observation of Swachhata Hi Seva campaign and took a collective pledge to keep up a clean society.

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal launched the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign in Delhi and urged the people to contribute towards a clean India.

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister, Gujarat urged the people to come together and make 'Clean Gujarat-Clean India' a reality.

Pon Radhakrishnan, Union Minister for Finance and Shipping, also took the pledge to clean India.

Actor Ravi Kisan also came forward to participate in the Service for Sanitation campaign. In a tweet, he stated, "There's always a hint of Godliness in having cleanliness around you."

Deoghar Municipal Corporation of Jharkhand also participated in the clean up activities.

Officials of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra also came forward to clean up the surroundings and pledged to make India a clean country.

Little champions from Dimapur, Nagaland also pledged to make India clean. In a tweet, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture urged the people to inculcate in children that swachhta is a service to community.

Central Industrial Security Force officials also inaugurated the #SwachhataHiSeva campaign in Ghaziabad.

Indian Railways organised nukkad natak and cleaning equipment exhibition at New Delhi Railway Station.

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Division also organised drama activities to spread awareness to make India a clean country.

Dr Nirmal Singh, Deputy Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir started a sanitation campaign at river Tawi on the occasion of third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission.

#SwachhataHiSeva campaign is not only limited to cleaning streets, gardens or your locality and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Bengaluru decided to do things differently. Off late the city has been drawing lot of flak or its transformation from garden city to garbage city, so as part of Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, the officials and staff of NGMA Bengaluru created a small garden. From cleaning the area to planting saplings, everything was done by the NGMA team.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, Gujarat also actively participated in #SwachhataHiSeva campaign. The cleanliness initiative commenced with Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani cleaning the streets along with other officials and locals.

P. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Finance and Shipping, participated in cleanliness drive organised under #SwachhataHiSeva campaign at Kanyakumari Government Medical College and Hospital. Along with this, he also pledged for a clean India.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Prakash Javadekar, participated in the cleanliness drive organized under #SwachhataHiSeva campaign in Mumbai. Locals joined the Minister to show their support for the campaign.

Uma Bharti, the recently appointed Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, participated in the #SwachhataHiSeva cleanliness drive organised in Uttar Pradesh.

India's new Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman was seen driving #SwachhataHiSeva campaign at the grass-root level. She took part in a cleanliness drive at Gopinath Bazar, Cantonment Civil Area.

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, actively participated in the cleanliness drive organised under #SwachhataHiSeva campaign. Along with NDMC staff, he wielded the broom at an event organised in Delhi. He also administered the swachhta pledge.

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