Narendra Modi Inaugurates Swachh Bharat Diwas 2019

Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi, at Sabarmati Ashram, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on October 02, 2019. Photo: PIB
Narendra Modi paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi, at Sabarmati Ashram, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on October 02, 2019. Photo: PIB

Narendra Modi Inaugurates Swachh Bharat Diwas 2019

The Prime Minister (PM) of India Narendra Modi inaugurated the Swachh Bharat Diwas (Clean India Day) 2019 in Ahmedabad on Wednesday (October 2). He released a postage stamp and a silver coin to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

He also distributed the Swachh Bharat Puraskar to the winners. Earlier in the day, he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Sabarmati Ashram. He visited the Magan Niwas (Charkha Gallery) and interacted with the children there.

Prime Minister Modi while addressing a gathering of Sarpanches (village heads) at the ‘Swachh Bharat Diwas’ programme said that the entire world is commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the event has been made more memorable after UN released a postal stamp on Gandhiji a few days back.

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He said that he had the opportunity to visit Sabarmati Ashram many times in his lifetime and today like every other time got new energy there as well. PM Modi said that today, the villages have declared themselves free from open defecation and he congratulated every countryman, especially those living in villages, Sarpanches and all those who have worked for ‘Swachata‘.

He added that irrespective of age, social and economic status, everyone has contributed in this pledge of cleanliness, dignity, and respect. He added that the entire world is amazed that India has provided toilet facilities to more than 60 crore (600 million) population in 60 months by constructing more than 11 crore (110 million) toilets.

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Prime Minister said that his Government is committed towards realizing the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi. In this context, he mentioned about the initiatives of the government to ensure self-reliance, provide Ease of Living, and taking development to the last mile.

He urged the public to take a resolution for the betterment of the nation and strive hard to make it successful. He added that such 130 crore (population of India) resolutions can bring about a massive transformation.

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