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Pace Of Toilet Construction Across India Finds Praise In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day Speech

During his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Swachhagrahis will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi next year in the form of a Swachh Bharat, on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary

Lakhs of Indian children are leading healthier lives because of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, said PM Modi in his Independence Day speech
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New Delhi: Addressing the nation on the occasion of India’s 72nd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and how the sanitation and cleanliness mission has given birth to an army of Swachhagrahis, who were making progress towards making the country cleaner. During his address from Red Fort, the Prime Minister remembered Mahatma Gandhi, calling him an advocate of sanitation. He said that for Mahatma Gandhi, sanitation was even more important than independence. While freedom was won by Satyagrahis, cleanliness will be won by Swachhagrahis, said Prime Minister Modi.

Taking inspiration from Satyagrahis created by Mahatma Gandhi, Swachhagrahis have followed the same path, said PM Modi. To celebrate the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday on October 2 next year, a clean India with millions of Swachhagrahis playing their part in contributing towards the country’s cleanliness would be a perfect tribute, the Prime Minister said.

Mahatma Gandhi’s inspiration created Swachhagrahis. When we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi next year, then millions of our Swachhagrahis will pay tribute to honourable Bapu, in the form of a Swachh Bharat, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Talking about the progress of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the Prime Minister said that if work on constructing toilets had gone on at a pace similar to that of 2013, it would have taken decades to provide sanitation facilities for all. With over 8.5 crore toilets built all over India, the country’s sanitation coverage in rural areas has reached 90 per cent and is well on its way to achieve the target of 100 per cent before the national deadline of October 2, 2019.

Also Read: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan So Far: 400 ODF Districts, 300 More To Go, India Progresses Towards 2019 Deadline

The Prime Minister further said that due to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, lakhs of Indian children are leading healthier lives today. The campaign has also been praised by international organisations like the World Health Organization (WHO), said PM Modi.

President Ram Nath Kovind during his address on the eve of Independence Day, said that elimination of open defecation was a long-awaited goal for the country.

As its October 2, 2019 deadline comes closer, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is taking multiple steps to ensure that the mission not only meets its targeted deadline, but that the open defecation free statuses of villages, districts, towns and cities are sustained. Recently, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the rural sanitation survey Swachh Survekshan Grameen to assess sanitation facilities and cleanliness in over 6,900 villages in 698 districts across rural India.

Also Read: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Attains Another Milestone, Four Lakh Villages Are Now ODF

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 pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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