Modi pitches for blending well-being, health with cleanliness drive
STATE TIMES NEWS
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched for blending fitness and well-being with cleanliness as he led a nationwide ‘Swachhata hi Seva’ campaign that saw thousands participate in an hour-long “shramdaan” across the country.
Wielding a broom, the prime minister took part in the drive along with fitness influencer Ankit Baiyanpuriya.
Sharing a four-minute video on his official ‘X’ account, Modi said, “Today, as the nation focuses on Swachhata, Ankit Baiyanpuriya and I did the same! Beyond just cleanliness, we blended fitness and well-being also into the mix. It is all about that Swachh and Swasth Bharat vibe!”
People from all walks of life, from politicians to students, took up brooms and participated in the campaign in response to the prime minister’s appeal for the cleanliness drive.
According to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry, more than 9.20 lakh sites across the country have been adopted for the mega drive.
In a recent episode of “Mann Ki Baat”, Modi appealed for “one hour of shramdaan (or voluntary labour) for swachhata” on October 1 by all citizens, saying it would be a “Swachhanjali” to Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his birth anniversary.
Several Union ministers, including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, R K Singh, Piyush Goyal and Hardeep Singh Puri, participated in the mega cleanliness drive.
Shah took part in the drive in Ahmedabad, while BJP chief J P Nadda participated in it in Delhi’s Jhandewalan area.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh led the “shramdaan” activities, including a cleanliness drive, beautification of the common area and a plantation drive, at the premises of the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) in Delhi Cantonment.
In a post on ‘X’, Singh said that in recent years, awareness towards cleanliness has increased throughout the country and become a mass movement.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri led the cleanliness drive at Princess Park on Copernicus Marg in Delhi. Sanitation workers, students and residents of the area, along with senior officials from his ministry, attended it.
“Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modiji’s call for Swachhata Hi Seva, joined residents of the temporary settlement at Princess Park on Copernicus Marg for one hour of Shramdaan for a Garbage Free India,” Puri tweeted.
A cleanliness drive was conducted at the Samvidhan Sadan (old Parliament building) complex to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath participated in a ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ campaign in Sitapur.
Taking part in the drive in Delhi, Union Power Minister R K Singh told reporters, “We (Centre) have taken a resolve to make the country clean. It is a big challenge but we will do it.”
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force came together with civilians to clean up various areas, railway tracks, heritage buildings, stepwells and forts among others.
Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari volunteered in a cleanliness activity in New Delhi.
The ministry said NGOs, market associations, self-help groups, faith groups, trade bodies and private sector companies among others volunteered for the “shramdaan” in more than 22,000 market areas, 10,000 water bodies, 7,000 bus stands or toll plazas, 1,000 gaushalas, 300 zoos and wildlife areas and various other locations in rural and urban India.
According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, it held cleanliness drives at 500 locations across the national capital.
According to Sulabh International, it organised a ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign at 1,000 locations across 300 cities and towns which saw the participation of 50,000 people.
Bollywood actors, including Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty, also took part in the cleanliness drive. Kumar, who is currently abroad, posted a picture on ‘X’ of participation in the drive on a beach.
“Cleanliness is not just about physical spaces, it is a state of mind. Being out of the country couldn’t stop me from paying a tribute to Swachhata Abhiyan. So I would say where ever you are, do your bit to keep your space, and mind, clutter free,” Kumar posted.