Prez launches ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’

Kanpur: Taking the Central Government’s ambitious cleanliness drive to a higher trajectory, President Ram Nath Kovind today kicked off the fortnight-long ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ (Cleanliness is Service) campaign from Uttar Pradesh. The campaign, aimed at highlighting the Narendra Modi Government’s flagship cleanliness initiative ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, was launched from Ishwari Ganj village near here.
The president also made people take a pledge to keep their surroundings clean.
“Today we are fighting a different battle – battle against uncleanliness,” he said.
Kovind said every person in the society was “rashtra nirmata” and invited NCC cadet Manish Dwivedi, who belongs to Kanpur, to the Rashtrapati Bhavan to meet him. “The responsibility shown by people of Ishwariganj village to make their village open defecation free is laudable. I hope others will take a cue from this village,” he said.
“We should make united efforts for cleanliness. It is not only the responsibility of the sanitation staff but all of us. Ensuring cleanliness will be the true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi,” he said, adding diseases, including mental illness, can happen due to unclean atmosphere. (Agencies)