Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a gathering in UP’s Mathura on Wednesday, September 11, where he urged the people to learn from Mahatma Gandhi’s focus on Swachhta and take it as a 'guiding light', ahead of his 150th birth anniversary.
PM Modi said, “In a short while our country will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. His focus on Swachhta is something we should learn and take as a guiding light. We need to make efforts to rid our homes, offices and workplaces of single-use plastic by October 2, 2019. I appeal to self-help groups, civil society, individuals and others to join this mission.” He added that the motive for the 'Swachhta Hi Seva' programme has been derived from Mahatma Gandhi’s emotions.
“Starting from today, this programme has been specifically dedicated to ending the use of single-use plastic.”, he said. Earlier this week, speaking at an event in Greater Noida, PM Modi had said that time has come to for the world to say ‘good-bye to single-use plastic’. Prime Minister Modi has been speaking about cleanliness since 2014 and he has been greatly inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. To deliver his message to the masses, Prime Minister does not fail to refer to Mahatma Gandhi in his speeches.
During his Independence Day speech, PM Modi had raised the issue of plastic pollution and urged people to shun the use of single-use plastics. He had appealed people to take up the issue on the lines of Swachh Bharat Mission which turned into a nation-wide campaign after his call to make India clean.
“During my 2014 speech, I spoke about cleanliness. It became a movement in the country and the common man took it up with gusto. Today, I have another request. By October 2, on the birth anniversary of Dear Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi), I want to urge the citizen to give up single-use plastic,” PM Modi had said from the Red Fort. The Prime Minister has reiterated this message many times since then.
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PM Modi is in Mathura for a day to launch a series of projects, namely the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis aimed to vaccinate over 500 million livestock. He also met women who pick up plastic waste from the garbage in the city and extended a helping hand to them. Around 25 garbage workers met the PM as part of the Swachhta Hi Seva programme.