Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the rural areas and villages in India have now declared themselves open defecation free.
The announcement was made at an event to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday.
In 60 months, more than 60 crore people are equipped with toilets by constructing more than 11 crore toilets.
The next goal is to remove the country’s ‘single-use plastic’ by 2022.
Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel also declared that single-use plastic will not be allowed on and within 100 m from the premises of historic monuments.
On the occasion of Gandhi’s 150th birthday, PM Modi also issued commemorative Rs 150 coins.
Modi also released a book, “Maru Jivan aj Moro Sandesh”, on the Mahatma’s life.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Diwas in 2019
On Oct 2, 2019 in Ahmedabad, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2019 Swachh Bharat Diwas. In mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday, he issued postage stamp and silver coin. He also gave the winners the Swachh Bharat Puraskar.
The event was made more unforgettable after a few days ago the United Nations issued a postal stamp on Gandhi Ji.
Stressing the importance of public involvement, the Prime Minister said collective efforts were central to the success of important government initiatives such as the Jal Jeevan Mission and the elimination of plastic single use by 2022.