Just like the Satyagrahi was at the core of India's quest for Swarajya, Swachhagrahi is at the core of our dream of a Shreshtha Bharat. pic.twitter.com/9qyphQ8OJG- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 2, 2017
Kailash Kher is back at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon to mesmerise with his powerful vocals. He too sings a rendition of the popular bhajan Vaishnav Jan To and a line from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan theme song.
Afroz Shah, one of the architects of Versova beach cleanup, says that his complaint on Versova was to himself and he had taken it upon himself to clean the beach. In the last two years, Mr Shah and his team of volunteers have managed to pluck out 7,800 tonnes of garbage from the beach premises. The United Nations has termed Mr Shah's initiative as the biggest beach cleanup in history, says Mr Shah.
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Students from Delhi Public School at RK Puram are ready to spread the message of Swachhta in government schools.
We must deeply conceptualise the importance of cleanliness in our lives. I urge people to participate in the Swachha Andhra Pradesh movement- N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) October 2, 2017
The Banega Swachh India 12-hour cleanathon at Allahabad saw the participation of several volunteers at the Triveni Sangam banks, who came forward to participate in cleanliness activities.
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"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching"- Mahatma Gandhi ji 🙏 #SwachhBharat #SwachhataHiSeva pic.twitter.com/UfhB3sfRpy
- Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) September 29, 2017
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Bilal Dar's efforts inspire people across the nation. I salute the young man for his contribution towards Swachhata. https://t.co/qg8dmztkYV- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2017
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As of now, 236,000 villages and 195 districts of India have been declared Open Defecation free. People changing habits #SwachhataHiSeva- Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) September 22, 2017
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Haryana Cabinet Minister O.P. Dhankar weilds broom and cleans Mata Bhimeshwari Temple, Beri as part of the 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign
Happy to see strong enthusiasm towards #SwachhataHiSeva movement. I congratulate all those taking part in various cleanliness initiatives.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 15, 2017
President Ram Nath Kovind takes a pledge to maintain cleanliness along with everyone present in the event.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomes President Ram Nath Kovind on behalf of the residents of Uttar Pradesh. The UP CM says 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 states that over 10 lakh toilets have been built in the past 6 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.
Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International talks about the importance of technology in combating open defecation. Mr Pathak says that after Mahatma Gandhi, sanitation has been given importance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He read out a few lines from a letter written to him by the Prime Minister, in which he praised Mr Pathak's passion and commitment towards building a Swachh Bharat.
Open defecation leads to malnutrition, diarrhea & childhood stunting & is an affront to the dignity of women. Let's fight it#swachhtaHiSeva- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 15, 2017
Murli Manohar Joshi, Member of Parliament from Kanpur said that India's image has become that of a country which is unclean and open defecation is rampant. It is surprising that India. which was one of the world's cleanest countries has become one of the most unclean ones. He says that it is most unfortunate that Kanpur is biggest polluter of the river Ganga. Without the cleaning of Ganga, attaining a clean India would not be possible. Two of the world's dying rivers hail from India. Both India's and Ganga's cleanliness are related and cleaning them must be undertaken together.
Uma Bharti, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation says that she feels blessed to be a part of such a programme post her taking over the Ministry. She says that people through their activities will play the major role in ensuring cleanliness and the role of governments is limited. She says that India has to become open defecation free by October 2019 and Uttar Pradesh will have to attain the ODF status by 2018.
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. The municipal corporation of Puducherry also launched an app during the occasion.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath welcomed President Ram Nath Kovind with a bouquet of flowers. Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti is also present at the launch.
मैं शपथ लेता हूँ कि ... pic.twitter.com/oo6E5yWLx3- Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 15, 2017
BJP President and Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah launched the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign from Ranchi, Jharkhand and took an oath to maintain cleanliness.
The Govt is confident to fulfill PM's vision of making India Open Defecation Free by Oct, 2019: HM #SwachhtaHiSeva- HMO India (@HMOIndia) September 15, 2017
The campaign, which marks the third anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, will see large scale mobilisation of several dignitaries who will engage in volunteer work or 'Shramdaan' related to construction of toilets to make surroundings open defecation free. The campaign will also witness cleaning up of public and tourist spaces. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis participated in a cleanliness drive at Crawford Market to mark the launch of the campaign.
The Swachhata Hi Seva campaign, coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and launched on September 15 will see mobilisation of several dignitaries such as the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of State, Members of Parliament and NGOs.
Three Years Of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Swachhta Hi Seva Campaign To Be Launched By President Ram Nath Kovind