New Delhi, Sep 6 : President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday that cleanliness is an essential condition for the success of 'Jal Jeevan Mission' launched by the government this year.
Addressing the Swachh Mahotsav 2019, a function held at Vigyan Bhavan here, the President said, 'We have to move forward, adopting the broader meaning of cleanliness. For example, providing clean drinking water also comes under the purview of sanitation. Cleanliness is also an essential condition for the success of 'Jal Jeevan Mission' launched by the Government of India this year.'
On the occasion, the President presented the Swachh Bharat Awards in various categories. He also received the Swachh Bharat Mission’s Book on Behavior Change Communication from Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who formally released it.
Addressing the gathering, the President said that the biggest feature of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ is that it has become a campaign of every Indian, not just a government campaign. Everyone has taken up the task of cleanliness as his own responsibility.
He noted that Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations are to be achieved by 2030. But, India is set to achieve cleanliness targets 11 years ahead, that is in 2019 itself.
He said that 'It is a matter of pride for us and every citizen of the country deserves appreciation for this achievement'.
The President said that a new awareness has emerged in the society through Swachhta Abhiyan. He emphasised that goals of the next phase should be achieved while strengthening the success of the first phase.
'We have to pay attention towards the maintenance of the facilities set up during the first phase,' he said, adding that for this, 'we have to imbibe the culture of cleanliness more deeply'.The event was organised by the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. (UNI)