Millions of people across the country are joining daily in cleanliness initiatives of the government departments, NGOs and local community centres to make India completely clean by 2019. Reports are pouring in from every nook and corner of India about some unique initiative by the people to achieve this novel goal.
The country is all set to witness a grand launching of Swachh Bharat Mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 2nd of October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Modi said, “On 2nd October we are launching Swachh Bharat Mission, a massive mass movement that seeks to create a Clean India. Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhi`s heart. A clean India is the best tribute we can pay to Bapu when we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in 2019. Mahatma Gandhi devoted his life so that India attains `Swarajya`. I urge every one of you to devote at least hundred hours every year. On 2nd of October, I myself will set out with a broom and contribute towards this pious task.”
Earlier, releasing the logo of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Union Minister of Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Nitin Gadkari said that this will be converted into a mass movement to make India an open defecation free country in five years. He said, one lakh thirty four thousand crore rupees will be spent for construction of about 11 crore 11 lakh toilets in the country. 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 pet mission 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 and school teachers and students in this endeavour.