PM Narendra Modi launches week-long campaign 'Gandagi Mukt Bharat' to make India free of garbage

PM Modi also addressed the nation and lauded the people of India for making 'swachhata' a 'jan andolan'.

PM Narendra Modi launches week-long campaign 'Gandagi Mukt Bharat' to make India free of garbage
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (August 8, 2020) launched "Gandagi Mukt Bharat", a week-long campaign for 'swachhata' in the run-up to Independence Day.

During this week, each day till August 15 will have special 'swachhata' initiatives in urban and rural India to re-enforce the 'jan andolan' for 'swachhata'.

PM Modi launched the campaign while inaugurating the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra (RSK) which is an interactive experience centre on the Swachh Bharat Mission at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at Rajghat in New Delhi. 

The RSK is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and was first announced by the Prime Minister in April 2017, on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha.

The RSK has a balanced mix of digital and outdoor installations tracking India’s transformation from having over 50 crore people defecating in the open in 2014 to becoming open defecation free in 2019. 

PM Modi also took a tour of the three distinct sections of the RSK where he first experienced a unique 360° audiovisual immersive show in a Hall 1 which provides an overview of the Swachh Bharat journey. 

He then moved to Hall 2 that contains a series of interactive LED panels, hologram boxes, interactive games and much more on the SBM. 

PM Modi also saw the installations in the lawn adjacent to RSK which showcase three exhibits which are synonymous with the SBM - Mahatma Gandhi leading people to the Swachhata pledge, Rani Mistris of rural Jharkhand and children 'swachhagrahis' who call themselves Vaanar Sena.

He also briefly visited the RSK souvenir centre and then interacted with 36 school students from Delhi, representing all States and Union Territories of India at the amphitheatre of the RSK. 

The children shared their experiences with 'swachhata' activities at home and at school, and their impressions of the RSK. 

One of them also asked the Prime Minister what his favourite part of the RSK was, to which the Prime Minister replied that he most enjoyed the portion dedicated to the inspiration of the SBM, Mahatma Gandhi.

After interacting with the children, PM Modi addressed the nation and reminisced the journey of the Swachh Bharat Mission and dedicated the RSK as a permanent tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. 

He lauded the people of India for making 'swachhata' a 'jan andolan' and urged them to continue to do so in the future. He reiterated the importance of 'swachhata' in our daily lives, especially during our fight against the coronavirus.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister, Jal Shakti and Rattan Lal Kataria, Minister of State, Jal Shakti were also present on the occasion.