Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary Updates: Showering praise on Swachhta warriors for their continuous hardwork, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared India Open Defecation Free country on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing a large gathering at the Sabarmati Riverfront, PM Modi said it is a great satisfaction that Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a ‘Swachh Bharat’ (Clean India) is being fulfilled today.
“Today rural India and its villages have declared themselves ‘open defecation free’. The whole world is appreciating and awarding us. Providing toilets to more than 60 crore people in 60 months, building more than 11 crore toilets, whole world is amazed by this,” PM Modi said speaking at the Swachh Bharat Diwas event.
PM Modi also underlined that the government would achieve its target of single-use plastic-free India by 2022.
Earlier, PM Modi visited the iconic Sabarmati Ashram and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Addressing people shortly after landing at the Ahmedabad airport, PM Modi hailed India’s rising stature across the world and said that international community has started taking note of India’s power in bringing positive changes in various fields. He said the power of Indian passport has risen manifold.
Earlier, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the nation in paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. President Kovind visited the Rajghat, the resting place of the Father of Nation, where he paid floral tributes to the great leader. PM Modi also visited the Rajghat in the morning to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi also paid floral tributes to the Father of Nation at the Rajghat. President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address a small gathering in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh where he will flag off a Gandhi Sankalp Yatra from the Ramleela Maidan.