The President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, graced the event organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti to celebrate the Swachh Bharat Diwas in New Delhi today. She presented Swachh Sarvekshan Grameen awards in various categories.
Speaking on the occasion, the President paid tributes to the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. She said that Gandhiji’s thoughts are eternal. Like truth and non-violence, he also stressed on cleanliness. His resolve on cleanliness was aimed to remove social distortion and to build a new India.
Therefore, celebrating his birthday as 'Swachh Bharat Diwas' is a true tribute to him.The President noted that since the launch of 'Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin' in 2014, more than 11 crore toilets have been constructed and about 60 crore people have changed their habit of open defecation.
She expressed happiness that through this mission, India has achieved the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal number6, eleven years before the deadline of 2030.Union Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Shri Giriraj Singh also attended the function.
Speaking about the Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen, he said that more than11 crore toilets have beenbuilt and more than 10crore tap water connections provided in rural householdsunder the guidance of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Union Minister said thatIndia is working towards achieving the goal of Swachh Bharat with Jan BhagidariAndolan. He added that this Jan Andolan for Swachhta should reach each and every nook and corner ofthe country.Shri Singh said, Government is sincerely working towards achieving the goal of providing tap water, toilets and electricity to every household.
Secretary, Panchayati Raj, Shri Sunil Kumar in his address said that public participation is the most important aspect of Jal Jeevan Mission and ODF plus. He said the responsibility of maintaining both these schemes’ rests with the Gram Panchayats.He said people are ready to pay services charges if they are provided good services rendered by the service provider.He said that panchayatsare coming forward and engaging the state authorities and gearing up to provide this service to the residents in best possible manner.