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Achieving Goal of “Swachh Bharat” Will Be True Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Ram Nath Kovind

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New Delhi, Oct 1, 2017: Urging cleanliness be made a national movement, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday that achieving the goal of “Swachh Bharat” will be true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

Kovind, who is currently in Maharashtra on an official tour, will visit Gujarat, the home state of Gandhi on his birth anniversary to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation.

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, the President said that Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion to rededicate to the ideals and values of Mahatma Gandhi, who believed that ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’.

“Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of sanitation personnel and government departments. Today, India is fighting a decisive battle for cleanliness and hygiene through the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign.

“Let us also commit ourselves to ensuring public hygiene, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. It is a multi-stakeholder national movement. Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be a true expression of tribute and regard to Gandhiji on his birth anniversary,” he said.

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Describing Gandhi as a man of simple living and a moral preceptor, Kovind said that he gave a new direction to the country through his leadership.

“His philosophy of non-violence and peaceful co-existence is of increasing relevance in the present times. Through the symbols of Charkha, the spinning wheel and khadi, he stressed the message of self-reliance and dignity of labour,” he said.

Kovind will commence his Gujarat engagements with paying his tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his birth place, Kirti Mandir at Porbandar.

Later, he will attend a function organised by the state government to declare Open Defacation Free status for rural Gujarat at Kirti Mandir.

The President will also inaugurate various projects including upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar fishing Harbour, upgradation of Navibandar, Miyani and Salaya Fish Landing Centre, laying the stone for development of Mangrol Phase-III fishing Harbour, announcement for development of Veraval Phase-II.

He will also foundation stone of Porbandar Phase-II, Navabandar, Mandhavad and Sutrapada Fishing Harbours and inauguration of Mangrol Rural Water Supply Augmentation Scheme of 45 villages at Mangrol, an official statement said. (IANS)

 

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Lok Sabha Speaker Urges MPs to Take Zeal of ‘Swachhata Abhiyan Campaign’ to Every Village

"Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits," said Singh

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The government's much publicised Swachh Bharat Mission -- which aims to enhance the level of sanitation in India and make the country open defecation free (ODF). Flickr

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Saturday launched a special cleanliness drive in the Parliament and urged the MPs to take the zeal of the campaign to every village in the country.

Birla said the commencement of the ‘Swachhata Abhiyan’ in the Parliament House was an endeavour to spread the message of cleanliness envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi.

The Swachhata Abhiyan was earlier launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi which falls on October 2. Birla said that MPs were the representatives of 130 crore people in the Parliament and had an important role to spread awareness about cleanliness.

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“Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits,” said Singh. Flickr

“Swachhata is next to Godliness and this campaing is not only an Abhiyan of the Parliament alone, but will serve as an occasion to take the message of Swachhata to every village and town of the country to keep the society healthy,” said Birla.

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Earlier, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that this was the first time that such an initiative took place in the Parliament as he congratulated Birla for the effort.

“Swachhata Abhiyan has now become a movement. People across the country have now become more aware about cleanliness and its associated health benefits,” said Singh. The members also paid floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and took a pledge to spread the message of cleanliness. (IANS)