NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a week-long campaign to free India of garbage and filth ahead of the Independence Day and stressed how the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has proved to be a big support in fight against coronavirus.
Inaugurating the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra at Gandhi Smriti at Rajghat on the anniversary of Quit India movement, Modi urged all districts to intensify the “gandgi mukt Bharat” drive for the next one week. He also said there has been a drive to shun “everything that weakens India” in the last six years and there is a need to intensify the drive to get rid of poverty, open defecation, single use plastics, discrimination, corruption, terrorism and violence.
Highlighting the impact of the ‘Swachhata’ mission, he said, “Imagine what would have happened had a pandemic like coronavirus broken out before 2014. Could we have imposed a lockdown when over 60% of the population was forced to defecate in the open?” He said the drive to give access to toilets to nearly 60 crore households in 60 months has strengthened and empowered the country in the fight against Covid-19.
Addressing a group of 36 students, picked to represent the 36 states and UTs as “Bal Mitras”, the PM said there is a need to follow physical distancing norms and adopt a hygienic way of living amid the coronavirus crisis.

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