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PM Modi pays tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary 

Congratulating all countryman, Prime Minister said that, villages have declared themselves free from open defecation. 

He lauded those living in villages as well as Sarpanches and all those who have worked for ‘Swachata’. More in this report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to Bapu at the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad as the world celebrates his 150th birth anniversary. 

But the highlight of the day was the dedication of of the swachhata challenge….an ODF India to Mahatma Gandhi. In a tribute one of the first Swachh-agrahis of India, Bapu PM Modi placed the symbol of swachh bharat abhiyaan on a sand art installation along the Sabarmati Riverfront. 

While visiting an exhibition displaying the Swachhata journey, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warmly embraced Chandrakant Kulkarni, a pensioner who gave up his 30% of his pension towards building toilets. It is people like him who made the movement a Jan andolan. Prime Minister gave the nation the next swachhata challenge…to make India single use plastic free by 2022.

Prime Minister showed keen interest in all the exhibits that show case different facets of the Swachhata journey. According to a UNICEF report the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, has led to savings of over Rs. 20 lakh crores.

PM also released the Swachhata anthem as well as 6 commemorative postal stamps and a commemorative Rs. 150 coin. 

PM also distributed certificates to students who participated in an essay writing competition titled a letter to Bapu. Swachagrahis from across India were also honoured by PM Modi. Prime Minister bowed before those gathered at the function including 20,000 gram pradhans and foriegn dignitaries present. PM saluted their commitment that made the cleanliness movement a success. Women’s dignity has got a boost 

The world has lauded the Swachhata Abhiyaan that has transformed lives in India. This collective effort has emerged as a model for the world to emulate. From stemming disease to generating employment to upholding the dignity of women, there could be no better tribute to the father nation than fulfilling his dream of a clean India.

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