In response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a nationwide cleanliness drive on October 1, leaders from various parts of the country actively participated today in the ‘Shramdaan for Cleanliness’ program, as part of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Chief JP Nadda, along with several Union Ministers and MPs, were observed taking part in the cleanliness drive program across the nation under the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign. In Ahmedabad, visuals captured the Home Minister and Gujarat Chief Minister jointly sweeping the streets alongside other leaders.
In Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also joined in the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign. Furthermore, UP BJP Chief Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary engaged in a cleanliness drive under the ‘Garbage Free India – Clean India’ initiative.
The national capital saw the active involvement of BJP National President JP Nadda and Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi in the ‘Swacchta Abhiyan’ (cleanliness drive). Similarly, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad took part in the cleanliness drive organized under the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign in Patna.
In a statement, Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat led a cleanliness drive from Chhath Ghat, ITO in Delhi as part of the ongoing ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, accompanied by senior officials of the Department of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of the nationwide cleanliness initiative, stating, “1st October at 10 AM, we come together for a pivotal cleanliness initiative. A Swachh Bharat is a shared responsibility, and every effort counts. Join this noble endeavor to usher in a cleaner future.”
The ‘Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta, Ek Saath’ Campaign, a massive cleanliness drive commemorating Gandhi Jayanti, is a precursor to the ‘Swachhata Pakhwada- Swachhata Hi Seva’ 2023 campaign. It follows PM Modi’s call for one hour of ‘Shramdaan for swachhata’ at 10 am on October 1 by all citizens.
Various sectors of the government, including civil aviation, railways, and public institutions, along with towns and Gram Panchayats, are facilitating cleanliness events led by citizens. A dedicated portal has been established to coordinate and promote the campaign, inviting influencers and citizens to join as Swachhata Ambassadors, allowing them to document their participation through pictures uploaded on the portal.
The Swachh Bharat Mission, initiated on October 2, 2014, aimed to make the country open defecation-free and achieve universal sanitation coverage. In 2021, PM Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 to make all Indian cities ‘Garbage Free’ and ‘Water Secure.’
Encouraging nationwide participation in the cleanliness campaign, PM Modi emphasized that advancing this initiative would be a significant step towards realizing Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a clean India.
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