C Times, 23 June 2017, Agartala
A Huge Swacch Bharat Abhiyan Programme was organised by the State BJP leaders and workers on Friday at Surjya Chowmuni, Agartala.
Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Education & Finance Minister of Assam who is on a two-day visit to Tripura has inaugurated the programme. Pradesh BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb and Vice President Subal Bhowmik participated in the programme along with other state leaders.
Dr Sarma said that “A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019. On 2nd October 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout length and breadth of the country as a national movement. The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019.”
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the most significant cleanliness campaign by the Government of India. Shri Narendra Modi-led a cleanliness pledge at India Gate, which about thirty lakh government employees across the country joined. He also flagged off a walkathon at Rajpath and surprised people by joining in not just for a token few steps, but marching with the participants for a long way.
While leading the mass movement for cleanliness, the Prime Minister exhorted people to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India. Shri Narendra Modi himself initiated the cleanliness drive at Mandir Marg Police Station. Picking up the broom to clean the dirt, making Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a mass movement across the nation, the Prime Minister said people should neither litter nor let others litter.
He gave the mantra of ‘Na gandagi Karenge , Na karne denge.’ Shri Narendra Modi also invited nine people to join the cleanliness drive and requested each of them to draw nine more into the initiative. By inviting people to participate in the drive, the Swachhta Abhiyan has turned into a National Movement. A sense of responsibility has been evoked among the people through the Clean India Movement. With citizens now becoming active participants in cleanliness activities across the nation, the dream of a ‘Clean India’ once seen by Mahatma Gandhi has begun to get a shape.
People from different sections of the society have come forward and joined this mass movement of cleanliness. From government officials to jawans, Bollywood actors to the sportspersons, industrialists to spiritual leaders, all have lined up for the noble work. Millions of people across the country have been day after day joining the cleanliness initiatives of the government departments, NGOs and local community centres to make India clean. Organising frequent cleanliness campaigns to spreading awareness about hygiene through plays and music is also being widely carried out across the nation.