Maha Cleanathon: Amitabh Bachchan, Devendra Fadnavis sweep for a cause

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New Delhi | Published: September 3, 2016 2:33:49 PM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday called for taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' initiative and exhorted people to get involved in the mission.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday called for taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' initiative and exhorted people to get involved in the mission (PTI)Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday called for taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s ?Swachh Bharat Abhiyan? initiative and exhorted people to get involved in the mission (PTI)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday called for taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ initiative and exhorted people to get involved in the mission. Speaking at an event- Maha Cleanathon organised by NDTV in Mumbai, Fadnavis said 7000 villages in the state are now open-defecation free and 50 cities will be swachh or clean cities by October 2.

“If we don’t involve people in the construction of toilets, it doesn’t fulfil the purpose. It becomes a storage space. Maharashtra plans to have the highest number of Swachh cities and will lead the way in solid waste management. We will process every bit of garbage,” the chief minister said. Fadnavis along with Bachchan and noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi participated in a drive to clean Mumbai’s JJ hospital and the area around it.

According to a report, Amitabh Bachchan said, “When you see someone littering. Go stop them. Tell them what they are doing is wrong. When you keep doing this repeatedly, people will change”. He also said “We hope this movement continues and we can keep our cities clean” and congratulated Maharashtra on “becoming an example for India.”

“You are praising me for picking up trash with my bare hands but there’s nothing special about it. Our sanitation workers don’t always have gloves,” says the veteran actor.

Notably, the Centre had made a budgetary allocation of Rs 9,000 crore for the country’s biggest drive to improve sanitation and cleanliness. Narendra Modi has time and again has encouraged people to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India.

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