On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, India is ready to be declared free of defecation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday that his government will continue to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission and urged each of the 130 crore people in India to take a vote that would benefit the nation.
Modi was heading to some 20,000 sarpanchs in Gujarat and the rest of the country on the banks of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. The prime minister also congratulated some sarpanch who have played a fundamental role in the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Modi said he was glad that rural India has declared itself defecation free.
The winners of the ‘Letter to Bapu’ contest were also congratulated for the function. The contest was organized for schoolchildren. The heads of mission of several countries were also present in the program.
Previously, Modi visited the Ashram of Sabarmati and paid his respects to the Mahatma. In the morning, Gujarat Prime Minister Vijay Rupani participated in a religious prayer at Bapu’s birthplace, Kirti Mandir, in Porbandar.
In announcing that the Swachh Bharat Mission would continue and that what has been achieved so far is only the first step, Modi urged each person in India to take a vow that would benefit the nation.
He said he was happy to see that several people had stopped using single-use plastic. “We need to achieve the goal of eliminating single-use plastic by 2022,” he said, adding that the measure would also benefit animals, including aquatic animals.
The prime minister threw a commemorative seal and a 150 rupee coin in homage to the Mahatma.
When giving details of the Swachh Bharat Mission that began five years ago, Modi said that 11 toilets were built in the last 60 months. However, he said it was necessary to cover those who still do not have bathrooms.
Modi said the success of the mission was not of the government, the prime minister or the main ministers, but that of the country’s 130 million crore.
Modi observed that he felt as if history was repeating itself. “The way in which people joined the Bapu satyagrah movement, joined the mission of keeping India clean,” he said.
According to him, it was necessary to develop a new India along the lines of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. Citing a UNICEF survey, he said that the Swachh Bharat Mission had benefited people by giving them employment.
Asking the masses to make proper use of the toilets, Modi said that water recharge should also be given priority.
The Prime Minister also visited the Vibrant Gujarat Navratri festival of the Gujarat government, which takes place at the GMDC Ground.
As PM Modi is ready to announce, India will open free defecation on Wednesday, a dream of Mahatma Gandhi, already has his eyes set on his second stage through intelligent waste management and recycling.
But on October 2, 2019 it will be recorded forever in the country’s history as a day of red letters.