Govt ropes in all ministries to build toilets, make India open-defecation free

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Govt ropes in all ministries to build toilets, make India open-defecation free

Modi had first talked about the mission on Mann Ki Baat urging people to create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country so that October 2 can be celebrated in a befitting manner.

Seeking to make Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachhata hi Sewa', a 17-day cleanliness drive, a public movement, the government has roped in all the ministries to engage in large scale construction of toilets and make the country open-defecation free.

The Prime Minister had first talked about the mission on his Mann Ki Baat programme urging people to create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country so that the coming October 2, which is the third anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission and Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, can be celebrated in a befitting manner.

He had also urged all NGOs, schools, colleges, social, cultural and political leaders, corporate and, government officials, and sarpanches to accelerate the drive which would start from September 15.

"During this period, the ministries and the public sector undertakings have been asked to encourage the officials do voluntary work. The ministries have also been told to engage with eminent personalities and celebrities for creating awareness and make cleanliness a mass movement," a senior government official said.

The various ministries and PSUs have been asked to appoint a nodal officer to coordinate with the efforts and submit an action plan about their programmes with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation by September 11.

Interestingly, the drive would also fall on Prime Minister Modi's birthday, ie on September 17.

The Prime Minister has been staunchly advocating clean India ever since he took over and even on the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekanand's famous speech in Chicago, he invoked patriotism to cleanliness as he said that those who spit on roads after chewing tobacco don't have the right to chant Vande Matram.

"If anybody has the right over this nation, It is the santiation workers who work for the cleanliness. Only they have the right to call Bharat maa theirs," the Prime Minister said

During the speech, Prime Minister Modi also batted for innovation and promoting of skills among the youth.

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