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Nashik: Highlighting the importance of sanitation, hygiene, and clean water, the spiritual leaders called for a Swachch Kumbh at the ongoing Kumbh Mela here on Thursday.

At an event organized by Global Interfaith WASH Alliance and WASH United, they also spoke about the importance of toilet usage and said that open defecation has contributed to the poor health of India’s children.

On the occasion, a new initiative called Swachh Kumbh Diwas was launched, in which the participants and devotees committed for a clean Kumbh Mela and a Swachh Bharat.

The event was addressed, among others, by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Gurusharananandji Maharaj, Raman Reti, Mathura, Swami Avdheshanand Giriji, and Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of Juna Akhara.

The GIWA, with a secretariat in India, was launched in collaboration with the UNICEF under the sponsorship of USAID and the Netherlands.

(With inputs from IANS)

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PM Modi in Varanasi: Sanitation is worship, Cleanliness Is a Way to Serve the Poor

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addresses the gathering, at Shahanshahpur, Varanasi Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on September 23, 2017.

Varanasi, Sep 23 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public gathering in Varanasi said that sanitation is worship for him, as it can rid the poor of various diseases.

The gathering was largely attended by people on the second day of his Varanasi visit. Modi visited, Shahanshahpur a village of his Lok Sabha constituency. Where he laid the foundation stone of a public toilet in the area.

“That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings,” he said while addressing people there.

He said while no one likes garbage, everyone in India shies away from the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen and every family to keep their surroundings clean so we are able to build clean villages, clean cities and a clean nation,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister urged people to take one resolution each, to improve the nation by 2022. The year will also mark the 75 years of independence.

“In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years,” he said.

(IANS)