Union Minister of Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Nitin Gadkari has announced that Rs 20 lakh will be given to every village in the country per annum to achieve the goal of clean India by 2nd October 2019. The money will remain deposited in every Gram Panchayat for cleaning purposes.
Earlier, speaking at India Gate Lawns, from where the Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Gadkari said that Swachhta Mission should not only remain a government campaign, but this must be converted into a mass movement to make India an open defecation free country in five years. He said that the Mission will not only be confined to making toilets in the villages and rural areas but to truly make India a Clean India in five years. Gadkari assured the PM that Swachh Bharat Mission will become a reality by 2nd October 2019, when the nation will celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Minister also underlined that technology will be used on a large scale to convert waste into wealth in rural India in the forms of bio-fertilizer and different forms of energy.
Gadkari informed that the Swachh Bharat Mission, the dream project of the Prime Minister will be executed on war footing with the involvement of every gram panchayat, panchayat samiti and Zila Parishad in the country, besides roping in large sections of rural population, NGOs, Religious leaders and school teachers and students in the country.