New Delhi: Recalling Mahatma Gandhi’s “swachh bharat” legacy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that more that 125 crore Indians have accepted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in their hearts.
“The movement has become a people's movement due to the 'Siddhi' of Swachhagrahis,” said PM Modi. “#SwachhIndia wont come true even if 1000 Mahatma Gandhis, 1 lakh Narendra Modis, all Chief Ministers and governments come together. The dream of a Swachh Bharat will be realised by 125 crore Indians, not a select group of leaders or officials.”
PM Modi was speaking at an event to mark third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission at Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan on Monday.
“India faces challenges but that does not mean we run away from them. We will face them and work to overcome them,” said the Prime Minister.
A positive spirit of competition has been created due to the Swachh bharat Mission, said the PM Modi, further adding, "We see this in the cleanliness rankings, how organisations are working on cleanliness."
“When we initiated Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, we faced criticism. Three years later, we are aware of its progress. India faces challenges but that does not mean we run away from them. We will face them and work to overcome them,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister also applauded media's role in the cleanliness drive, saying, “Media played a big role in cleanliness drive. It will expose those who oppose ‘Clean India’.”
Earlier today, PM Modi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat on his birth anniversary.