New Delhi: Every section of our society has taken Swachhata Hi Seva as its own campaign, everyone has got connected to this. Whether it is people from the sports world, academicians, schools, colleges, universities, farmers, workers, officers, government employees, police, or army jawans – every single person is doing their bit to celebrate October 2 as Clean October 2. I am delighted to see the support towards #SwachhataHiSeva movement. People are actively contributing to a Swachh Bharat, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing his 36th edition of monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat on Sunday.
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Swachhata Hi Seva campaign that was started last month by Prime Minister Modi to fight against the evils of open defecation and cleanliness. The 15-day cleanliness drive also reached a milestone as the rural sanitation coverage increased with four districts going open defecation free (ODF), taking the total tally of ODF districts above 200 mark, up from 197, as confirmed by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Highlighting the effectiveness of the people’s movement, PM Modi further added, In the first four days of Swachhata Hi Sewa, more than 75 lakh people joined swachh activities with more than 40 thousand initiatives. More than two and a half crore children took part in an essay competition on cleanliness. Thousands of children made paintings. They drew pictures based on their own imaginations.
He also said that there is a pressure on authorities, individuals to keep the public places clean and healthy now, all this has happened because Swachh Bharat has become people’s movement.
I have seen that some people are continuously working and are determined to bring out results for a Swachh India. But, this time, I have noticed a change – one is that we take cleanliness more seriously, we cleanup places, and the second is that we have become aware about swachhta, we do not spread filth. But, if we want to inculcate cleanliness as a habit, we must start idea-based movements, added PM Modi.
PM Modi also congratulated Jammu and Kashmir’s 18-year-old cleanliness crusader Bilal Dar, who created a living by picking up waste from the Wular Lake in Bandipora district of north Kashmir.
I congratulate 18-yr-old Bilal Dar, who clears plastic, polythene, used bottles, dry or wet waste – every piece of dirt from Asia’s biggest lake near Srinagar – Wular Lake. Because of his efforts to clean up the entire lake, he has been made brand ambassador for cleanliness by Srinagar Municipal Corporation, said PM Modi.
Remembering another Swachh Warrior, Chandrakant Kulkarni from Maharashtra, who donated for cleanliness drive, Prime Minister Modi said that he has inspired many others to contribute towards a Swachh Bharat nation.
In last month’s Mann Ki Baat we undertook a pledge, decided to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti as clean Gandhi Jayanti and Swachhata Hi Seva campaign for 15 days. I am thrilled to see so many people coming together for a Swachh Bharat. Now, Sankalp Se Siddhi campaign is advancing towards Sankalp Siddhi that is attainment through resolve, signs of PM Modi.
On October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will complete three years. Since the inception of the mega cleanup drive in 2014, the sanitation coverage in India has shot up to 67.5% from mere 39% in 2014.