President Ram Nath Kovind has launched the fortnight-long ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ (Cleanliness is Service) sanitation campaign from Kanpur.
The campaign, which highlights Narendra Modi government’s flagship cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission, was launched from Ishwari Ganj village near Kanpur.
The initiative was coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation. The campaign includes ‘Shramdaan’ or voluntary work and will focus on mass mobilisation and reinforce ‘jan andolan’ for sanitation to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India.
The nation-wide campaign will see large-scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life, including Prime Minister Modi, union ministers, CMs, MPs and NGOs. Everyone will undertake ‘Shramdaan’ to propagate clean toilets. Not just that, the drive will also look at construction of toilets to make the country free from open defecation.
It will target cleaning of public and tourist places too. Elaborate plans have been made along with the state governments to reach out to the poor and marginalised and provide them with sustainable sanitation services, a spokesperson said.
The President also inaugurated a Solid-Liquid Waste Management Scheme and distributed tri-cycles meant for carrying garbage among safai workers.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth was also be present at the programme.
(With inputs from PTI)