PM launches Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Question for Mains - Q1. "It was our social responsibility as citizens of India to help fulfil Gandhiji`s vision of Clean India", Comment. 
Q2. Critically analyze the work done by all previous Governments and social, religious and cultural organizations towards cleanliness.
Q3.  "Swachh Bharat would make a significant impact on public health, and in safeguarding income of the poor, ultimately contributing to the national economy", Elucidate.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, exhorted people to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi`s vision of Clean India, Launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan at Rajpath in New Delhi.

He recalled how the nations farmers had responded to Shri Shastris call of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” and made India self-sufficient in food security. He said that out of Gandhijis two dreams – Quit India, and Clean India, the people had helped to ensure that the first became a reality. <span id="content">The Prime Minister said it was our social responsibility as citizens of India to help fulfil Gandhijis vision of Clean India, by his 150th birth anniversary in 2019.

According to the World Health Organization, an average of Rs. 6500 per person was lost in India due to lack of cleanliness and hygiene. Swachh Bharat would therefore make a significant impact on public health, and in safeguarding income of the poor, ultimately contributing to the national economy. People must devote 100 hours every year towards the cause of cleanliness. Also sanitation should not be seen as a political tool, but should only be connected to patriotism (rashtrabhakti) and commitment to public health.

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