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Clean and Healthy India: ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Swasth Bharat’ go hand in hand, says Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar

Tendulkar was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness about cleanliness when the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched

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New Delhi, Dec 3, 2016: Urging people to stay healthy and fit, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday said that ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) and ‘Swasth Bharat’ (healthy India) go hand in hand.

Tendulkar was nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spread awareness about cleanliness when the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched.

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“Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat go hand in hand…They are interlinked and that’s where I want India to focus. And if we think that we are a young and fit nation, we are not. We are the diabetic capital of the world,” Tendulkar said, during an interactive session at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.

“If you are fit and healthy, you’ll do well in any profession. You need not be a sportsman to be healthy…If you are swachh (clean) you’ll be swasth (healthy). Thousands of children below the age of five die every year because of diarrhoea related diseases in India,” he added.

Calling for the nation to be participative, Tendulkar proposed that Indian athletes must be given a chance to perform during the breaks during IPL and ODI matches.

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“We should look at our athletes and give them the exposure they need. We can make them perform during the breaks during IPL and one-day matches. They will get a chance to perform in front of huge crowds and people will know who they are. It will be a great idea to create sports awareness. India will then become a sports nation,” said Tendulkar.

“We cannot pull down our athletes for not winning medals in Rio Games. We need to appreciate their work. They must be given the exposure they need,” he added. (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)