Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India mission). The mission seeks participation of all citizens from different age group in order to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of ‘clean India’.
The ‘abhiyan’ was launched on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birth anniversary.
The Prime Minister also administered cleanliness pledge to 125 crore Indians on this occasion.
He also used a broom and shovel to clean the ground of the Valmiki Sadan, a Dalit colony at Mandir Marg in national capital.
According to the 2011 Census, only 32.70 per cent of rural households had access to toilets. According to a UN report released this year, India continues to have the largest number of people in the world defecating in the open.