Nationwide Cleanliness Drive: India Responds to PM Modi’s Call for Swachhata

The entire nation is gearing up to participate in a one-hour cleanliness drive today in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal. As a precursor to Gandhi Jayanti, PM Modi has urged all citizens to partake in the ‘Shramdaan,’ a cleanliness initiative as part of the Swachh Bharat campaign, starting at 10 am. This call to action comes after PM Modi’s impassioned plea for “one hour of shramdaan for swachhata” during the 105th episode of Mann ki Baat earlier this month. He referred to it as a ‘swachhanjali’ (tribute) to Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his jayanti.

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Leaders and dignitaries from across the country have enthusiastically joined the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign. Here are some notable participants:

Name Location
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Sanquelim
Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Haryana’s Gurugram
Union Home Minister Amit Shah Ahmedabad
BJP President JP Nadda Ambedkar Basti
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Mumbai
UP BJP chief Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary Lucknow

Speaking about the initiative, BJP National President JP Nadda expressed, “BJP is celebrating Swachchta Pakhwada and Swacchta Abhiyan. Many of our workers across the country are participating in the Swacchta Abhiyan. Today I have come to Ambedkar Basti to participate in the Swacchta Abhiyan and I am happy to be here along with Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi. I am sure this Swacchta Abhiyan, a vision of Mahatma Gandhi, will be carried forward with the same energy.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde also attended the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ program organized by BMC in Mumbai, while UP BJP chief Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary actively participated in the cleanliness drive organized in Lucknow.

Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary further elaborated, “BJP organized Swachchta Pakhwada from September 17 till October 2. We are celebrating ‘Swacchta Abhiyan’ today and tomorrow, on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.”

PM Modi emphasized that Swachh Bharat is the “collective responsibility of all the family members of the country” and urged people across the nation to unite and participate in the cleanliness drive at 10 am. He stressed the significance of public participation in achieving the goal of a cleaner India, saying, “Swachh Bharat is the collective responsibility of all the family members of the country. Every effort of public participation is very important in this direction. Let us come together tomorrow at 10 am to dedicate one hour to cleanliness and help us build a bright future for the country.”

In a creative tribute to the cause, renowned sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik crafted a sand sculpture featuring PM Modi on Odisha’s Puri beach for the cleanliness drive. Patnaik remarked, “This initiative has been taken up to keep our country clean. We, as artists, try to create awareness through our art.”

Mumbai is all set to participate in the mega clean-up drive today as part of the Union government’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has designated 178 different locations in the city for the cleanliness drive. These locations include various beaches, markets, religious sites, railway stations, and bus stops.

As India unites in this cleanliness drive, it reflects the collective commitment of its citizens to Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a cleaner and healthier nation.


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