The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan completes two years today. Launched in 2014, the mission is a national campaign by the Government of India to clean streets, roads, and other infrastructure of the country. Talking about the synchronisation of the mission with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday flagged-off a march for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
On the occasion, President Mukherjee and those present released balloons in the air before the President flagged off the march as a symbol of the commitment of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the Swachh Bharat Mission.
“Gandhiji said that ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’. He had stressed on the importance of a disease free and clean body,” he added.
To commemorate Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, Shelter Associates, a civil society organisation, will release a short documentary film “Partnering for Change,” which gives a glimpse of the ‘One Home One Toilet’ model and how it is implemented.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh HM also ate lunch with sanitation workers at Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi today. Meanwhile, he also inaugurated Smart Public Toilet Unit at Rafi Marg in Delhi.
While Union Minister JP Nadda participated in a cleaning campaign at Safdarjung hospital, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar was seen participating in a cleanliness drive with students in Kolkata.
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also visited the Darbhanga House Ghat in Patna today and took part in Swachh Bharat drive.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 2, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a clarion call on Independence Day 2014 from the ramparts of Red Fort to make India clean by 2019, which will coincide with 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will flag off a swachatta rally at India Gate. Naidu, along with Communication Minister Manoj Sinha, will release a special stamp on Swachh Bharat. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will administer Swachhata pledge at Central Park in Connaught Place in New Delhi.
35 districts including Porbandar, birth place of Mahatma Gandhi and about one lakh villages will be declared Open Defecation Free. Community led mass cleaning campaigns will be organized all over the country.