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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday paid a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary and urged people to follow the lead shown by him to become better citizens.

“My greetings to everyone on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi”s 150th birth anniversary. I hope that we will all get inspired by the examples set by the father of the nation to contribute in a better manner to the society and the nation,” Yogi Adityanath said at the event held to launch the cleanliness drive in Lucknow.

“Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated in 120 countries. The world is remembering how a Mahatma clad in dhoti with a lathi in his hand was able to drive away the British from India,” he said.

Talking about the ban on single use plastic, he said, “People do not realise that the plastic they throw away not only makes our surrounding dirty and harms the environment but also affects our health when it is used to carry food items. It is also a big threat to the livestock, cows often ingest plastic with the food which is offered to them.

“These reasons led to Prime Minister Narendra Modiji launching a campaign against plastic use on the occasion of Independence Day this year. I appeal to all people to make the campaign against plastic use a daily activity for them. It should be removed from the social and commercial usage in full,” Yogi Adityanath added.

At the event, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also lauded the Swachh Bharat Mission which was launched five years ago and added that all the activities undertaken during the mission were appreciated worldwide.

“Narendra Modiji had launched the nationwide Swacch Bharat Mission on October 2, 2014, and it has become a mass movement in the past five years. More than 10 crore toilets have been constructed in the country in the past 5 years, with 2.6 crore of them being constructed for the poor in Uttar Pradesh alone. It is being appreciated worldwide,” he said.

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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