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Special article vol.28

Budget Alone Can't Bring Cleanliness PM 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that behavioral change is needed to achieve the dream of Swachch Bharat. Delivering the inaugural address at the India Sanitation conference (INDOSAN) in New Delhi, he said it is the responsibility of every one to work towards cleanliness. Cleanliness is not something to be achieved by budget allocation. It should become a mass movement.  He added, like “Satyagraha” freed the country from colonialism, “Swachhgraha’ would free the country from dirt.  The Prime Minister also thanked the media for the positive role in the cleanliness campaign.The Prime Minister expressed happiness that children are increasingly conscious about issues regarding cleanliness and it shows that Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan is touching people's lives. Mr Modi said, he saw a very healthy competition when it came to cleanliness.  He said, things like reuse and recycle have been a part of people's habits for long, and there is a need to make it more technology driven.

Speaking on the occasion, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, Swachh Bharat Mission has been the biggest movement of recent times. He said, sanitation and literacy is the need of the hour. Mr Naidu said, Swachh Bharat Agenda is now been politically mainstreamed.

Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, one-lakh villages will become Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2nd of October this year. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Tomar said, 40 Districts will achieve the status of ODF Districts in this financial Year.

 The Prime Minister also gave away cleanliness awards to Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra, Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Pune and Mysore Municipal Corporations, Gangtok city, National Cadet Corps, PGIMER Chandigarh, Surat railway station, heritage site Rani ki vav in Gujarat and Kendriya Vidyalaya FRI Dehradun.  A special issue of  Kurushetra, focusing on rural sanitation was also released during the conference. The journal is brought out by the Publications Division.

The conference was attended by Chief Ministers, senior officials, elected representatives from all the districts across the country, municipal commissioners from all the 500 AMRUT cities, NGOs and private sector.

The conference aimed at taking stock of the progress in urban and rural areas under Swachh Bharat Mission over the last two years and looking at the way forward. INDOSAN sought to renew the commitment at the highest political level to ensure Clean India by 2019. During the day-long INDOSAN conference, various issues like behaviour change, best sanitation practices, Swachh technologies, financing Swachh Bharat Mission, inclusive sanitation, cleanliness at 100 iconic places, solid and liquid waste management were discussed.

Earlier on 26th September Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also launched a national audio visual campaign for the Swach Bharat Mission (Gramin) featuring Amitabh Bachan and Sachin Tendulkar.

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS ) and Ministry of Urban Development also planned Pan India special cleanliness drive in hospitals parks and Government Offices. The NCC also celebrated a special Swachhta Diwas on 28th September in collaboration with the MDWS.