Swacch Bharat Movement, initiated with the aim to make India dirt-free has touched the lives of crores of people of India.
For the first time, a person no less than the Prime Minister of India spoke about cleanliness from the ramparts of the Red Fort during his Independence Day Speech on 15th August 2014. On 2nd October that year the Prime Minister personally wielded the broom and led from the front in the endeavour to create a Swachh Bharat. Time and again, he has spoken about cleanliness and brought it at the forefront of public discourse. Be it an official programme or a political rally, the topic of cleanliness regularly finds a mention.
No wonder people from all walks of life have supported Swachh Bharat Mission with unparalleled vigour. The media too has supported the movement.
An example of how Swachh Bharat Mission and the Prime Minister’s words have influenced the nation can be seen in the actions of Chandrakant Kulkarni.
Chandrakant Kulkarni, retired government employee, belongs to a middle class family and is a pensioner drawing a monthly pension of Rs. 16,000 per month. Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Mission, he decided to contribute Rs. 5000 per month to the cause and that too not once, but in the form of 52 post dated cheques which bear a date for each forthcoming month!
A pensioner giving almost a third of his salary for a clean India. This illustrates the trust the Prime Minister’s words have created in the minds of the people and how citizens are feeling that they are an integral part of taking the nation to new heights of progress. Shri Modi on his part has shared numerous such anecdotes of how people are coming together to create a ‘Clean India.’ Most of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programmes have atleast one anecdote based on cleanliness.
As PM, Shri Modi has surely succeeded in creating a mass movement for cleanliness that always augurs well for the growth of India.
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