NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, saying the movement aimed at fulfilling Bapu’s dream of a clean India. The PM reached Baba Sahib Ambedkar Higher Secondary School in Delhi’s Paharganj and picked up a broom to clean the surroundings, and senior Cabinet ministers participated in the cleanliness initiative at different places across the country. Modi was seen picking up pieces of paper and disposable plastic glasses with his hands. He also used a shovel to gather the garbage at one place.
Officials said no special traffic arrangements were made for the movement of the prime minister and that he had reached the venue in usual traffic conditions on Saturday. Earlier in the day, the PM was joined by celebrities, including cine star Amitabh Bachchan, in an interaction streamed live on the Narendra Modi app. “Indians in every part of the country should take Swachhata Abhiyan forward. Swachhata coverage is 90 per cent now. This has happened in the last four years; around 9 crore toilets have been constructed. The credit goes to the people of India as the government couldn’t have done this alone,” the PM said. Remembering Mahatma Gandhi ahead of Gandhi Jayanti, Modi said, “From today till October 2, let us rededicate ourselves towards fulfilling Bapu’s dream of a clean India.
On Friday, PM Modi wrote to almost 2,000 citizens from different walks of life, inviting them to be a part of the cleanliness drive. Those invited by the prime minister include former judges, retired government officials, winners of gallantry awards, and CWG and Asian Games medallists. Chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of all states, governors and lieutenant governors also received personalised letters. The PM also hailed the contribution of women in the cleanliness movement, saying that the contribution of India’s nari shakti (women power) in the Swachh Bharat) mission was immense.
“Youngsters are ambassadors of social change. The way they have furthered the message of cleanliness is commendable. The youth are at the forefront of a positive change in India,” Modi said while interacting with Assamese students via his NaMo App.