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Narendra Modi’s Speech and Clean India pledge on Gandhi Jayanti

October 2, 2014

The 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated today with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi administering a pledge to the countrymen to make the country absolutely clean by 2019.The Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive Clean India or ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign on October 2 for the coming five years.

Narendra Modi Speech and Clean India pledge on Gandhi Jayanti

Narendra Modi started his day by offering respect to Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat. After this he went straight to the Valmiki colony in Delhi, where sanitation workers live and even swept the streets as a symbolic gesture of initiating cleanliness drive. As cleanliness drive cannot be achieved through government initiative only, advertisements in Delhi newspapers had urged citizen of Delhi to participate in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign in large numbers. The Prime Minister pledged to make India clean along with citizens of the country and 30 lakh government employees. The October 2 holiday of government employees had been cancelled to ensure their participation in the campaign.

Modi’s Speech on 2nd October 2014

Before administering the pledge for the celebrated Clean India campaign, Modi delivered a short speech highlighting the need of cleanliness to fulfil Gandhiji’s dream of Clean India. In fact, the concerned campaign logo depicts the Father of the Nation’s face that signifies as if late Gandhiji is watching what is being done to fulfill his dream. Modi stressed on the fact that the campaign will never reach its peak if Indians consider it as a government programme only. It should be a mass movement, where people have to change their mindset first and pledge to keep India clean. Even after more than 60 years of Independence from British rule, over 60 per cent of Indians including women still use open air and unhygienic facilities for answering the call of nature. That’s why constructing more toilets has become a necessity. Modi also referred to a WHO report that says every average Indian has to spend Rs 6500 every year due to poor sanitation. If there are hygienic conditions in the country, substantial money can be saved every year.

Narendra Modi called upon celebrities to campaign for the cause including Salman Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Shashi Tharoor, Kamal Hassan, Priyanka Chopra, entire team of the popular serial ‘Tarak Mehta ka Ulta Chasma’, Baba Ramdev, Mridula Sinha, and Amir Khan so that the campaign can gain momentum. He asked for building a chain of campaign where every person will urge another nine persons to try and implement the campaign of cleanliness. Among the celebrities Amir Khan was present in the crowd and just before the pledge Union Minister of Urban Development asked Amir to share the dais. He took oath, standing beside PM.

The Clean India Pledge

The substance of ‘Clean India’ pledge is given below:

Narendra Modi started the pledge by stressing upon the fact that Mahatma Gandhi not only wanted a politically free India but also a country that is free from dirt and garbage. Gandhiji helped us free the nation from clutches of British raj. Now, it is the duty of Indians to free the country of filth. The people present along with the PM took oath of providing free labour of 100 hours per year or 2 hours per week towards cleanliness and also not to litter or allow any other person litter. The work has to start from every individual, his/her own family, village, locality, and workplace. The pledge also urged every responsible citizen to involve 100 more people in the Clean India campaign. Endeavours on an individual basis will help our country achieve the motto of cleanliness.

 

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I’m Dhiman, a Political Analyst, Internationalist by Heart, a Social Activist during free time, a Blogger, and an Avid Reader. Rabindranath Tagore is my idol and I believe in his words “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high…” I’m an Alumni of Visva Bharati University (Santiniketan) and a Post Graduate in Economics. I love to play (Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis, and a bit of Football) and sing Rabindra Sangeet (Songs of Rabindra Nath Tagore) to unwind. That’s me in a nutshell.

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