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Govt. to release stamp to commemorate two years of Swachh Bharat

Updated: Oct 01, 2016 23:01 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 1 (ANI): Swacch Bharat Mission is completing two years on Sunday, the program launched on Gandhi Jayanti in 2014, and on this occasion the government will release a special stamp on 'Swachh Bharat'.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a clarion call on Independence Day 2014 from the ramparts of Red Fort to make India clean by 2019, which will coincide with 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Prime Minister Modi had said cleanliness and sanitation were very close to the heart of Mahatma Gandhi and it is the social responsibility of every citizen to help fulfill Gandhiji's vision of Clean India.

Several programmes would be organized to mark the occasion. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu will flag off a swachatta rally at India Gate.

Naidu, along with Communication Minister Manoj Sinha, will release a special stamp on Swachh Bharat. Naidu will also felicitate makers of short film on Swachh Bharat.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will administer Swachhata pledge at Central Park in Connaught Place in New Delhi. Other union ministers will also participate in various cleanliness drives.

35 districts including Porbandar, birth place of Mahatma Gandhi and about one lakh villages will be declared Open Defecation Free. Community led mass cleaning campaigns will be organized all over the country.

In run up to the event, several programmers like Cleanliness week, Swachhata Pakhwada and India Sanitation conference were organized. Over the two years, the mission has gathered pace and momentum and it has become a mass movement. (ANI)