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Swachhata Hi Seva Movement

‘Nobody Had Thought India Can Construct 9 Crore Toilets In 4 Years’, Says PM Modi At Swachhata Hi Seva Launch

Swachh Bharat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement, a 15-day cleanliness campaign to ensure a high standard of cleanliness across the country

PM Modi Launches Swachhata Hi Seva Movement, Says The Contribution Of India's ‘Nari Shakti’ In The Swachh Bharat Mission Is Immense

New Delhi: ‘Today, September 15, is a historic day, as from this day we are starting a new resolution to keep our India Clean. We are launching a 15-days cleanliness campaign –  Swachhata Hi Seva,’ says Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he launches the movement across the country ahead of  Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2. Addressing the nation, PM Modi said,  “All of us together with great pride can say that we are taking the Swachh Bharat Mission forward successfully. In the year 2014, India’s swachh coverage was mere 40 per cent, today, because of the efforts of all the swachhagrahis, we have taken the coverage to 90 per cent. Who would have thought that we can achieve what not have been achieved in the last 60 years.”

Highlighting the achievements of Swachh Bharat Mission in last four years, PM Modi said,

Nobody had thought that India can construct 9 crore toilets in 4 years, or can make its 4.5 lakh villages, 450 districts, 20 states and Union Territories open defecation free. This is the result of all the efforts of swachhagrahis.

Also Read: Praising Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PM Modi Says Moving Towards An ODF Status Is India’s Biggest Health Achievement

PM Modi also highlighted the findings of World Health Organisation that has reported that because of successful implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission, in last four years, more than 3 lakh lives have been saved in India and cases of diarrhoea has been reduced by 30 per cent.

Clean India movement is not just about successful toilet construction, we need to learn how to manage our waste effectively, we need to keep our surroundings clean. Swachhta is a habit and should be practised daily, added PM Modi.

People Across India Unite For Swachhata Hi Seva Movement

Through a video conference PM Modi also interacted with famous personalities such as Actor Amitabh Bachchan, Ratan Naval Tata, the chairman of the Tata Trusts, Chief Minister of UP Yogi Adityanath, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Indo-Tibetan Border Police jawans and common people from different parts of the country – Assam, Gujarat, Noida, Coimbatore and more, and urged every individual to come forward and do their bit in this mass movement and by October 2, 2019, help fulfill Gandhiji’s dream of a Clean India.

On the other hand, interacting with PM Modi and further strengthening the message of Swachhata Hi Seva movement, Actor Amitabh Bachchan said,

Four years ago, PM Modi introduced the nation to the Swachh Bharat Mission. It is then, I too decided to get involved as a responsible citizen of India. I have been associated with various cleanliness campaigns including the campaign to clean a beach in Mumbai and a television campaign with NDTV-Banega Swachh India where we are organising 12-hours of cleanathon every year with an aim to take the mission forward.  I will continue to work for a Swachh Bharat always.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan Blogs, ‘Do Just One Act Of Cleaning Up The Environment’

Ratan Tata added, “Swachh movement should be the dream of every citizen of India. To be a strong India, the foundation has to be strong and that foundation is the health of our people. The health of our people cannot be there without sanitation and cleanliness. We can reduce and eliminate several diseases if we support the Swachh Bharat Movement.”

Also Read: India Made Rapid Progress In Increasing Access To Sanitation In Schools: United Nations Report

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev asserted that Swachh Bharat is not a movement of any Government or any Prime Minister. It is a nation’s movement.

Announcing that Uttar Pradesh will become free from open defecation on October 2, 2018 under the baseline survey, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said,

“Earlier for UP, cleanliness was a distant dream. Prime Minister, your emphasis on cleanliness changed it all. After March 2017 the movement towards a Swachh Bharat got a boost in UP. On this October, we will make UP free from open defecation, and by October 2, 2019, we will make sure that no house in UP will be without a toilet.”

Appreciating the ongoing efforts of the Swachh Warriors, PM Modi added,

The contribution of India’s Nari Shakti in the Swachh Bharat Mission is immense. Youngsters are ambassadors of social change. The way they have furthered the message of cleanliness is commendable. The youth are at the forefront of a positive change in India.

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.



  1. shailendra kumar

    September 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    125 crore divided by 9 crore is approximate 13.8 or say 14. Implying there is one toilet for every fourteen people in india. Really? Yes, there is good progress and substantial increment in toilet availability in rural areas but a lot remains to be done.

  2. homiavari

    September 15, 2018 at 3:05 pm


    • Amar

      September 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Strange that you are asking this question, this is more of ignorance i feel.
      You should go to a village and see what issues people are facing because of Toilets.

      Any activity taken up across the nation is a good initiative, one will always feel that there are other important issue, but something has to be taken up.

    • Karthik

      September 16, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Toilet is the most important one. You will understand if you dont have one.

  3. Md

    September 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Without water facility… dirtiness will increase if toilet used without water

  4. Richa

    September 15, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I do not usually go by what a person or media house would claim, based on my personal observations, there has been significant development in rural areas- sanitation, electricity supply, more attendance of government employees in their offices and less bribery. It has been a good job in 4 years, will hope in next term the government continues to work with more zeal and larger scale improvement is seen. There is a long journey which needs to be taken. Jai Hind

  5. M.L.Chandrashekhar

    September 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Yes, Sir, After demonetisaton, construction of toilets was the only skilled job created for unemployed youth of India. Heart felt gratitudes to our beloved PMji.

  6. Blumen

    September 15, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Your calculations miss the fact that there were also existing Toilets earlier. 9 Crore is the net addition in last 4 years.

  7. Dinesh

    September 16, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Taking forward the Swachh Bharat initiative I suggest that all new buildings where constriction is taking place either Residential or Commercial building should have and provide toilets for common use to all. For Example: There are many people who come and work in Residential apartments like drivers/servants/cleaners/postman/delivery persons etc. I see that many of the society buildings in major cities do not have these facilities for these people. I think common sense should prevails and society as a whole should provide these facilities so that at each building these facilities are there for all.
    Therefor mandatory rules be laid down for new construction of biuldings.

  8. DASA

    September 16, 2018 at 6:50 pm


  9. Shan

    September 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    BJP can consruct only toilete now 9 crore toilet. In 5th Year He will fulfill his promis by giving cleanliness Job to 9 Crore yuva to clean the toilet. What a great planning.

  10. bhupakl

    September 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    there were plenty of toilets existing
    only 9 crores added in the last 4 years

  11. Dan

    September 16, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Yes – What about water and electricity in the toilet. Do you need another 5 years for that?

  12. vivek

    September 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    9 crores devided by 365*4 gives you 61, 475.5. Divide it with 24, we get 25,69. Breaking it down further, about 43 toilets are built per minute. Toilet banara hain ya, logon ku chuthiya?

  13. Arun Mathur

    September 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Certainly the Swach Bharat movement is a good move, we find toilets available, though cleanliness may still be compromised, also it is noticed that all public toilets close at 9.00 p.m. , don’t understand why.

    Besides toilets it is time for clean up of all Roads, certain roads in Delhi are persistently dirty. No government can do it alone, guess people should also join hands and at least contribute by avoiding littering any place they feel like.

    Keep spreading the Swach thought, one day we will be successful

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