Cleanliness should be a mass movement: Vice President

RSTV Bureau

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu declared rural areas of Nargund taluk in Gadag district of Karnataka as “open defecation-free” on Tuesday.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Karnataka

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Karnataka

Addressing the event, the Vice President said cleanliness should be a mass movement and people should voluntarily take part in keeping their surroundings neat and clean.

“Everyone should be involved in cleaning our surroundings. We take inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi. India should be ‘cleaned India’ by October 2nd, 2019,” he said.

Naidu, who is on an official visit, launched several other cleanliness initiatives in the state.

As per the baseline survey in 2012, Nargund taluk’s 9,949 families did not have toilets. Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers of the region convinced villagers of the region to construct toilets to provide better living conditions.

These activists received support from “Shouchalayakkagi Samara” a scheme launched by Karnataka government and “Swachhata Hi Seva” (cleanliness is service) campaign by the Union government.

As per available data, 5,000 villages and 1,000 gram panchayats have been declared as open defecation-free by the state government and the plan is to make the State open defecation-free by October 2, 2018.