Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared that the government will run cleanliness campaign in every school from November 14 to November 16, on Monday.
Addressing a rally in Hisar in Haryana, Modi said, “On 14th November, when we celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Pandit Nehru, all the schools should be given lessons on cleanliness.”
To take forward the mission Clean India, Modi announced, “Government will run cleanliness campaign in every school, anganwadi from Nov 14 till Nov 19, the birth anniversary of Smt. Indira Gandhi.”
Meanwhile, Modi said that as for now, Congress has nothing to do and so they should also join the campaign. “Now that Congress has nothing to do, I urge them also to join the cleanliness drive,” he added.
Congress had commented before that the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ could be reduced to a mere photo opportunity if it is not implemented as a “serious, tangible and real” concept.
Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “Swachh Bharat is a concept, which is unexceptionable. How can you oppose something, which is axiomatically virtuous? But what matters is the implementation.” He added that Swachh Bharat is not going to happen because “we do photo opportunities, not going to happen because once a year, ministers pick up brooms while a whole mela watches.”
Former Congress minister Rajiv Shukla has said that the concept of sanitation and cleanliness is basically a programme given by the Mahatma Gandhi, which the Congress has always been doing. He added, “The government and the Prime Minister himself accepted that Congress Seva Dal has always been doing this.”
However, during the campaign, Modi has congratulated all players from Haryana who had won medals and made India proud at the recent 17th Asian Games, which was held in Incheon, South Korea.
Meanwhile, Modi has also announced to give ‘soil health card’ to farmers and said, “Farmers must get appropriate price for their produce. Government will give ‘soil health card’ to every farmer so that crop isn’t wasted.”
Modi is scheduled to address over 20 rallies for the Maharashtra Assembly elections on October 15.