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.
He has also urged municipalities, NGOs and the
corporate sector to take measures for safe disposal of accumulated plastic
waste before 2019 Diwali.
The Prime Minister has further urged people participate
in the annual “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign, which will begin on September 11.
‘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)
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.
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.
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.