Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said sanitation was worship for him as it can rid the poor of various diseases.
Addressing a public gathering on the second day of his Varanasi visit, he said it was his good fortune to lay the foundation stone of a public toilet in Shahanshahpur village of his Lok Sabha constituency.
“That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings,” Modi said.
He said that while no one likes garbage, everyone in India shies away from the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean.
The Prime Minister urged people to take one resolution each to improve the nation by 2022, which marks 75 years of independence.
“In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years,” he said.
The Hon’ble Prime Minister has called upon the nation to begin a campaign, Swachhata Hi Seva, Cleanliness is Service, from 15th September 2017 to Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2017. Modi called upon people to create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country so that the coming 2nd October, the third anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission and Gandhi Jayanti, can be celebrated in a befitting manner.
He urged all NGOs, schools, colleges, social, cultural and political leaders, corporates, government officials, Collectors and sarpanches, to accelerate Swachhata activities during the September 15 – October 2 period.