Swachhta hi seva, another step towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

After being sworn in as the Prime Minister of India, one of the very
first pan India drives started by PM Modi was the ‘ Swachh Bharat
Abhiyan ’. The movement was launched on 2nd October 2014 as a
tribute to the Father of the Nation- Mahatma Gandhi. The aim of the
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was to make India an open defecation free,
clean India till 2nd October 2019. “A clean India would be the best
tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth
anniversary in 2019”, added PM Modi as he launched the mission at
Rajghat in New Delhi.
Later on, President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, launched the ‘ Swachhta hi
seva ’ campaign, in Ishwariganj village in Kanpur. The mission is a
nationwide sanitation campaign under the government’s flagship
program ‘ Swachh Bharat Abhiyan .’ The president said that India is
fighting a decisive battle against sanitation, hygiene, and cleanliness
and it is only together that we can win this fight for a cleaner and a
healthier India.
The ‘ Swachhta hi seva ’ campaign is under the Ministry of Drinking
water and sanitation and its objective is to mobilize people and to
reinforce ‘jan Andolan’ for sanitation. The ministry has also made
plans with the state governments to involve people from all walks of
life in the mission. The government has also brought aid from
international organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates
foundations, USAID and UNICEF to ensure synchronized efforts in
one direction. The Union of India has allocated around Rs.2 lakh
crore for the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ to make it a reality by 2019.
The movement aims at the total elimination of open defecation,
constructing public and community toilets, solid waste management
and most importantly spreading encouragement and awareness
among people to be cleanliness conscious. The PM urged that this
should be a people-led movement and it is only the people of India
who can make it a huge success.

The open defecation free (ODF) states in India under ‘ Swachhta hi
seva ’ campaign are Sikkim, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala and
Uttrakhand. Nationally, the sanitation has increased from 42% to
over 62% in 4 years since the launch of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.’
PM Modi has always prioritized cleanliness missions as much as any
other project during his incumbency. It is only under his government,
that India is overcoming its sanitation and health problems. PM
Modi’s unequivocal commitment towards a clean India was evident
when the need for toilets was highlighted in his 2014 Independence
Day address to the nation. Now the public of India, as well as the government,
realize that without making India clean, we cannot
transform it.

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