New Delhi: Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday kicked-off the party’s “seva saptah” (service week) as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s birthday celebrations and appealed to citizens to shun the use of plastic. Mr. Shah, along with the Bharatiya Janata Party Working President J.P. Nadda, senior party leader Vijay Goel and Vijender Gupta swept the floors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here as part of the ‘seva saptah’ campaign.
The party leaders also visited patients and children admitted in the hospital.
I appeal to the citizens that in this ‘Seva saptah’ which will run from September 14 to 20, the people of the country should take the pledge of cleanliness, shunning the use of single use plastic and water conservation. They should also take a pledge to take these messages to the people of the country, Mr. Shah tweeted in Hindi.
Prime Minister Modi’s birthday is on September 17. While addressing the media, Mr. Shah said,
BJP workers across the country will begin celebrating ‘seva saptah’ from today. Our Prime Minister has dedicated his entire life to serve the nation and has worked for the poor. So, it is appropriate that we celebrate his birthday week as ‘seva saptah’.
Mr. Shah also asked the party workers to go among the poor across the country and highlight the works of the Centre. The BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh said on Friday that from September 14-20, the party will undertake innumerable social initiatives across the nation.
To lend his support to the ‘Seva Saptah’ Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has donated six month’s salary to keep 1,100 village markets in the state clean and garbage free.
I will donate my six month’s salary to set up eight to ten dustbins or garbage dumping containers in each of the 1,100 village markets in Tripura. It would make these markets and surrounding villages clean and hygienic, said CM Deb, who is also the President of the state BJP. He said,
On the occasion of PM Modi’s birthday celebration the Seva Saptah will see a cleanliness campaign, voluntary blood donation, plastic free Tripura, supply of pure drinking water and nutrition drive for children and women.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.