Prime News, National, Cleanliness, New Delhi, November 20:- The President Ram Nath Kovind said that the biggest success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the change in the thinking of the countrymen.
Addressing Swachh Amrit Mahotsav in New Delhi on Saturday (November 20), President Kovind said today people can witness that this change has happened on a very wide scale and has reached the families. He congratulated the people of the country as there has been a massive change in thought process towards cleanliness.
Quoting the ‘Father of the nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, Kovind said that cleanliness should be the top priority. He said this vision of Gandhi Ji was taken forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through Swachh Bharat Mission as a mass movement. He said making the country clean is the best tribute to the “Freedom Fighters” who fought for India’s Independence.
The President said this year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards have special significance as the nation is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. He expressed happiness that the award was given taking feedback of over five crore people and through public participation.
Speaking on the occasion, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said PM Modi had flagged off Swachh Bharat Mission from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August 2014 and since then Urban India has become ‘open defecation free’ (ODF) with 35 States and 4,371 Urban Local Bodies (ULB) completely ODF.
He said the government has gone beyond the mission mandate to create more than 3,300 ODF plus cities with hygienic community and public toilets and nearly 1,000 cities ODF plus with complete faecal sludge management.
The minister said municipal solid waste processing has gone nearly fourfold from 18 percent in 2014 to 70 percent today. He said nearly one lakh ragpickers have been integrated into the waste management chain in the cities and more than 5.5 lakh sanitary workers have been provided access to various government welfare schemes. Puri said the Swachh Bharat Mission has taken the shape of a people’s movement.
On the occasion, President Kovind awarded Indore as India’s cleanest city for 5th time in a row. Surat and Vijayawada were given the second and third ‘Best clean city’ award.
Chhattisgarh was given the ‘Cleanest state’ award. Jharkhand was given the second ‘Best clean state’ award. Varanasi was given the award for cleanest Ganga town. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)