Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the cleanliness drive across the country has been soaring high. The PM also lauded the efforts put up by the states to take forward his ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “See the awareness and consciousness on cleanliness. “States are now competing with each other in becoming Open Defecation Free (ODF) state in the country,” PM said. Speaking at Diwali Milan programme at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, PM Modi said, “Things working with Jan Sahyog have made a special place for themselves and in this the role of the media has been very high”.
During the 25th edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on Diwali, PM Narendra Modi lauded Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawan Vikas Thakur, who contributed hard-earned salary to make his village in Himachal Pradesh open-defecation free.
“A jawan of ITBP, Vikas Thakur, was from a very small village named Baghana in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. When he went home during his leave from duty, he witnessed a gram sabha in progress. Discussions were going on about constructing toilets,” he added.
Modi had said the jawan found that some families of the village couldn’t even afford to build a toilet, adding that he decided to resolve their problems. “His patriotism was not just limited to killing enemies for the country. He signed a cheque for Rs 57,000 and handed it to the village panchayat. He asked the panchayat to pay Rs 1,000 to each of the 57 houses and build toilets to declare their village defecation free,” PM had said.