Haridwar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating Baba Ramdev’s research centre in Haridwar called upon people to embrace cleanliness and adopt swachhta as a habit. Prime Minister Modi stressed on the need for maintaining right balance in terms of cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene in the community in order to make India disease free. According to government statistics, around 300,000 children between the ages of 0-5 die of a preventable disease like diarrhoea each year.
Emphasizing on the need for clean India, Prime Minister Modi added, The world now is not just content with curing diseases but there is more emphasis on wellness and preventive healthcare. The best way to ensure and promote preventive healthcare is cleanliness.
He also added, “If we resolve to be clean, if we resolve not to litter or spread dirt and filth, we can save more lives than a doctor does. Cleanliness is the way ahead to make India disease free.
A study by World Health Organisation states that lack of cleanliness leads to an annual loss of over Rs 6500 every year to each Indian.
Prime Minister Modi asked people of India to make Swachh Bharat Mission a priority and requested the citizens of India to move ahead of donations and start ‘donation of cleanliness.’
पैसों के दान से आगे बढ़कर अब ‘स्वच्छता’ का दान करने की पहल करें : PM @narendramodi
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Evaluating Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Progress
As per the government report, India’s sanitation coverage has increased to 60.53 per cent in 2017 from mere 38 per cent in 2012. In order to make India open defecation free by 2019 India needs roughly 11.1 crore number of toilets, so far the government has constructed more than 3 crore toilets.
Since 2014 more than 1,80,000 villages, 130 districts and three states – Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and the Government aims to declare five more states – Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Mizoram and Uttarakhand ODF by the end of this year.
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