Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who reviewed the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission at a high-level meeting here on Thursday, directed the concerned officers to specially coordinate with the states which are lagging in toilet construction.
Prime Minister Modi was briefed on the progress towards toilet construction in all states.
Reviewing the Namaami Gange programme, the Prime Minister directed that construction of toilets in habitations on the banks of the River Ganga should receive the highest priority.
Reviewing efforts at generating awareness and attitudinal change towards cleanliness, Prime Minister Modi said spiritual leaders should be associated with such efforts, especially during major congregational events such as the Jagannath Yatra and the Kumbh Mela.
He said motivational incentives such as awards should also be instituted through official channels.
In rural areas, Prime Minister Modi suggested quiz competitions among the students to promote awareness.
The Prime Minister also called for leveraging the huge interest that Swachh Bharat has generated among the Indian diaspora.
The meeting was attended by top officers of the Ministries of Urban Development, Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, NITI Aayog and PMO.
Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh were also present during the meeting.