New Delhi: ‘To defecate in the open not only causes dirt but is an open invitation to various life threatening diseases. Open defecation can pollute the environment we live in and can cause diseases like cholera, diarrhea, typhoid and hepatitis that can be dangerous for each one of us. So, it is time that we come forward and make sure everyone has an easy access to a toilet and is using one,’ says Shah Rukh Khan as he appeals for a Swachh India through a video message that has been released by the centre recently.
He further adds,
‘We all need to fulfill the dream that once our father of nation, Gandhi Ji saw – the dream of a clean India. Because the country is from us and we are from the country.’
Watch Shah Rukh Khan’s full message
Open Defecation and lack of Sanitation in general is an important factor that causes various diseases.
We need to change attitude of citizens to stop open defecation for #AsliTarakki 'क्योंकि देश हम से है और हम देश से'- @iamsrk #MyCleanIndia #SwachhBharat #SwachhSurvekshan2018 pic.twitter.com/tju5b2lv1b
— Swachh Bharat Urban (@SwachhBharatGov) February 10, 2018
Earlier this month, the actor requested everyone to religiously follow waste segregation and curb India’s growing waste. He said that if each and every citizen of India starts segregating their waste then we can save 50-60 per cent of the household waste going into city’s garbage mountain – the landfills and in turn save India from drowning in its own garbage.
— Swachh Bharat Urban (@SwachhBharatGov) January 22, 2018
These short videos by the Bollywood icon have been released at the time when all the 4,041 cities of India are undergoing India’s biggest cleanliness survey – the Swachh Survekshan 2018, which started on January 4, and will continue till March 10. Under this pan-India survey, all the cities in the country will be assessed on their cleanliness quotient. Through these series of videos, King Khan appeals his fans to make sure their area performs better this year.
The superstar also unveiled ‘Swachh Can’ recently at Auto Expo 2018. It is a portable bin for users of Hyundai cars, speaking to NDTV, Shah Rukh Khan said,
It is time we stop the practice of throwing garbage from our cars. I would like to urge everyone to keep a small trash bin in their cars and make India truly swachh.