New Delhi:Delivering his last‘Mann Ki Baat’radio address of 2018,Prime Minister Narendra Modion Sunday said that this time much emphasis is being laid on cleanliness duringKumbh. He said, “If during the course ofKumbh Melasanitation prevails along with reverence, then it will lead to a positive message reaching far and wide.” TheKumbh Melawill commence from January 15, 2019, at Prayagraj (earlier Allahabad), Uttar Pradesh. The Mela draws lakhs of pilgrims over the course of approximately 55 auspicious days to bathe at the sacred confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna, and mythical river Saraswati.
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Talking about theKumbh2019, PM Modi said,
The world famousKumbh Melais also a huge medium of self-discovery, where every visitor experiences a unique feeling and learns to look at the worldly things from a spiritual perspective. This is expected to have a footfall from more than 150 countries, the spirituality ofKumbhspreading India’s splendour throughout the world.
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Ahead of theKumbh2019, the efforts have been put to ensure that the devotees get a clean river, said an official from National Mission For Clean Ganga (NMCG) to NDTV. These efforts include buildingthousands of community toilets and urinalsand installing dustbins across Pryagraj. The Centre has directed the Uttar Pradesh Government toclean all 35 drains in Prayagraj that meet the river Ganga.
Apart from this, a task force will be trained by the Ministry of Defence calledthe Ganga Task Forcewho will not only help the administration in controlling the crowd but also stop individuals AND industries from polluting the river.
This was the 51st edition of the monthly radio programme. The Prime Minister summed up the year’s achievements in the field of economy, social sector, solar energy, climate change, sports and others, saying it was made possible by the collective efforts of the people.
Asserting that the country has taken strides in the area of sanitation, PM Modi said that theSwachh Bharat Schemeand sanitation coverage have been rapidly advancing towards crossing the 95 per cent mark and dedicated the success to the people.
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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’sSwachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign AmbassadorAmitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness abouthygieneandsanitation, the importance of buildingtoiletsand making Indiaopen defecation free (ODF)by October 2019, a target set byPrime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues likeair pollution,waste management,plastic ban,manual scavengingandmenstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively onmarine pollution,clean Ganga Projectand rejuvenation ofYamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.