New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” known as “Clean India Mission” which was launched last year today completes its first anniversary which will be marked by number of programmes across the country.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a cleanliness campaign run by the government of India and initiated by the Honourable Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is a most important topic which our kids and students must know and be aware of this mission. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is also called as the Clean India Mission or Clean India drive or Swachh Bharat Campaign.
It is a national level campaign run by the Indian Government to cover all the backward statutory towns to make them clean. This campaign involves the construction of latrines, promoting sanitation programmes in the rural areas, cleaning streets, roads and changing the infrastructure of the country to lead the country ahead. This campaign was officially launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 145th birth anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd of October in 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi.
The programme was launched with great enthusiasm and commitment by the Prime Minister on this day last year pledging to make the cities and villages adopt cleanliness as habit both for the sake of the environment and health of the people.While the government has set up physical targets, but the idea was to bring behavioural change in the mindset of people towards cleanliness and hygiene.
The government yesterday presented the report card of the works done under the mission during the past one year. Gujarat is among the top eight performers but five Union Territories and four North Eastern states, besides Kerala and Tamil Nadu were yet to make a start. Giving the report card, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh,Karnataka, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana are top on the list of states who have done extremely well in construction of individual household toilets.
North-Eastern States besides Kerala and Tamil Nadu were lagging far behind, having not made a beginning yet. Mr Naidu said construction of household toilets is still to begin in five UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Delhi and four North-Eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura besides Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, construction of 1.04 crore household toilets and 5.28 lakh community and public toilet seats besides 100 per cent door to door collection of solid waste and its scientific disposal are envisaged at a total cost of Rs 66,009 crore. ”It is to realise the Gandhiji’s dream of “Swachh Bharat” that the Prime Minister had launched this mission last year. The last one year has been rewarding in terms of both the efforts and the intended results,” Mr Naidu said.
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