Launch revolution against plastic on Gandhi Jayanti, says PM Modi

  1. In the monthly radio address, “Man ki baat”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to start a new revolution against plastic from 2 October, 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  2. He has also urged municipalities, NGOs and the corporate sector to take measures for safe disposal of accumulated plastic waste before 2019 Diwali.
  3. The Prime Minister has further urged people participate in the annual “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign, which will begin on September 11.
  4. ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ (Cleanliness is service) is a campaign launched in 2018 as a part of Swachh Bharat Mission. The campaign aims at generating greater public participation towards Swachhta (cleanliness)
  5. Swachh Bharat Mission is a cleanliness campaign initiated by Govt. of India in 2014. It seeks to achieve a Clean India by 2019, as a fitting tribute to the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  6. Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) aims to improve the levels of cleanliness in rural areas through Solid and Liquid Waste Management activities and making villages Open Defecation Free (ODF) and clean.
  7. Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) aims at elimination of open defecation, conversion of unsanitary toilets to pour flush toilets, eradication of manual scavenging, municipal solid waste management and bringing about a behavioural change in people regarding healthy sanitation practices.