Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Updates: Narendra Modi declares India open defecation-free, sets 2022 target to phase out single use plastic

Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ahmedabad at 6 pm, visited the Sabarmati Ashram and then participated in a Swachh Bharat programme

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Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Updates: Narendra Modi declares India open defecation-free, sets 2022 target to phase out single use plastic


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Ram Nath Kovind says Gandhi Jayanti is chance to 'rededicate' to values of truth, non-violence


President Ram Nath Kovind paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday and said, "Homage to Bapu on Gandhi Jayanti. The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is an occasion for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the values of truth, non-violence, harmony, morality and simplicity. His message remains relevant for all and  he continues to be our guiding light.


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Narendra Modi attends a garba event in Ahmedabad

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Narendra Modi offers prayers at a Navratri event in Ahmedabad

Scores of people dance to a special garba song carrying the message supporting cleanliness.

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Satisfied that on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, we're witnessing the fulfillment of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Modi wrote in the guestbook at Sabarmati Ashram

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Modi hails government schemes aimed at bettering health of citizens, facilitating development of villages

Health held utmost important for Gandhi ji and we are attempting to be the same way with Yoga Divas Ayushmann Bharat and Fit India movement, Modi said.

He also said that Gandhi’s dream of every village being self-sustainable will be fulfilled through the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Madhyam.

“By the Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana, the Jan Dhan Scheme, Saubhagya Yojana, we are helping the person standing at the last step of the ladder, in line with Gandhi Ji's philosophy,” Modi said.

He urged the citizens of India to helps the country and its poor. He ended his address by attributing the success of schemes not to any party or political leader, but to the 130 crore Indians.

Oct 02, 2019 - 21:09 (IST)

Modi announces 2022 deadline to phase out single use plastic, Rs 3.5 lakh crore for Jal Jeevan Mission

The government has decided to spend Rs 3.5 lakh crore on the Jal Jeevan Mission aimed at taking steps water recharge and water recycling, Modi announced.

“Sanitation, conservation of environment and animals were dear to Gandhi ji. Plastic is a major threat to all of them. So, we have to achieve the goal to eradicate single use plastic from the country by the year 2022,” he said.​

Modi informed the audience that in the last three weeks, 20,000 tonnes of plastic waste has been collected and the usage of carry bags made of plastic has been reduced. Crores of Indians have joined the initiative and have given up the usage of single-use plastic. Behavioral change is the basic need for this initiative, the Prime Minister said.

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Over 75 lakh people employed due to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan: Modi

Indians used to hesitate talking about toilets, but today, it has become an integral part of Indians' thought-process, Modi said.​

Modi quoted a UNICEF report to say that in the last five years, a positive effect of Rs 20 lakh crores has been witnessed due to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. “Over 75 lakh people have been employed due to this mission, most of them coming from the rural parts of the country,” he said.

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World is appreciating our work towards building toilets, says Narendra Modi

While the world is appreciating and awarding us, for providing toilets to more than 60 crore people in 60 months and building more than 11 crore toilets, what gives me happiness is that women all over the country do not have to wait for the dark hours of the day or suffer from serious diseases.

Gandhi ji used to say 'Be the change you want to see in the world' and thus, we picked up brooms and started cleaning the society.

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Gandhi led Satyagrah and Swachhagrah from Sabarmati Ashram, says Narendra Modi

At the Sabarmati riverfront, Narendra Modi said, “The entire world is celebrating Bapu's birth anniversary. A few days ago, the UN had issued a commemorative stamp in the memory of Gandhi ji and we have issued another one today.”

The Prime Minister said that he felt a new energy at the Sabarmati Ashram today. “Bapu had started Swachhagrah and Satyagrah from the Ashram,” he said.

He said that the riverfront is witness to history today, when people of rural India have announced that their villages are now open defecation-free. “They have used self-inspiration, self-will and co-operation to achieve this through the Swachh Bharat Mission,’ Modi said.

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Narendra Modi begins address at Sabarmati riverfront

Modi welcomes the village heads and cleanliness workers to the land of "Chakradhari Mohan". "You have worked hard for five years, with the spirit of giving back to the society," he said.

He also paid tributes to Lal Bahadur Shastri and said that the state of Gujarat is painted in the fervour of Navratri.

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Listen to Mahatma Gandhi speaking after Prarthana Sabha on 29 November, 1947 on the benefits of development reaching the poor

Gandhi Jayanti 2019 Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ahmedabad at 6 pm, visited the Sabarmati Ashram and then participated in a Swachh Bharat programme.

Mahatma Gandhi's principles are always relevant and should be implemented for the betterment of the society, ANI reports Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla as saying.

"In today's day and age, both Satyagrah and Swachhagrah are needed in society. His (Mahatma Gandhi's) thoughts are immortal and they were always needed for the good of the society," Birla told reporters after attending a function to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament House Complex.

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, addressing a gathering of Congress workers in Rajghat on Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, slammed the BJP and said, "Quoting Gandhi is easy but it is tough to follow his path. Those who are trying to use his name but take are taking India astray from his teachings will not succeed.

"India has Gandhi's principles in its foundation. Some people are trying to make RSS a symbol of India and sideline Gandhi. Those who are doing politics on mistruth will never understand Mahatma Gandhi. Those who want to have absolute power will never understand Gandhi."

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, in a speech on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday, slammed the ruling BJP and the RSS for running a government on the principle of "by hook or by crook". Addressing a gathering of Congress workers at the padayatra event on Gandhi Jayanti, she said, "In the last few years, a by-hook-or-by-crook' government is being run and they are thinking they are very powerful. They are making efforts to propagate the RSS' ideology instead of Gandhiji's."

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also slammed the BJP and said that the saffron party should follow the principle of truth, in accordance to Gandhiji's teachings.Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav also criticised the ruling party and was quoted as saying by CNN-News18, "Those who have never followed Gandhi's ideals, now want to adopt Gandhi."

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has reached party leader Sheela Kaul's house near Lucknow's Butler Palace to see the banyan tree that was planted by Mahatma Gandhi back in 1936, reports India Today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and others paid floral tributes before a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament on Wednesday.

The leaders also paid tribute to Lal Bahadur Shastri in Parliament on Wednesday.

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted his tribute to Mahatma Gandhi saying that non-violence is the only way to defeat "oppression, bigotry, and hate".

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday flagged off the party's main programme for the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, the 'Gandhi Sankalp Yatra'. Shah said, "BJP leaders and workers are going to march 150 kilometres to propagate Gandhiji's principles to all the people."

Shah also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiatives against single-use plastic and the Swach Bharat Abhiyaan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday at 10 am. Modi, who paid tribute to the 'Father of the Nation' at the Raj Ghat in Delhi early on Wednesday morning, will also visit the Sabarmati Aashram in Ahmedabad later in the day, NDTV reported.

The Congress will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday by organising 'padayatras' across the country, with party leader Rahul Gandhi joining the foot march in the national capital. The party has planned a week-long program that will mark the culmination of the year-long celebrations commemorating Gandhi's memory and it will re-emphasize his values.

The programme will be undertaken by the AICC in Delhi and by the PCCs in their state capitals. It will be followed by district and block Congress committees across the country. In Delhi, the party will be out in full force on Wednesday guided by the Gandhian ideals to take on this government that they term "oppressive".

The celebrations are turning out to be a game of "one-upmanship" between the Congress and the BJP as both are organising foot marches across the country in their bid to "cash in" on his legacy, PTI reported.

While Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will reportedly administer the oath to leaders and workers to "redeem" 'Gandhi, Gandhism and Gandhi's India', the BJP's Gandhi Sankalp Yatra across the country will be flagged off by Home Minister Amit Shah.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on Wednesday, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and later declare the country open defecation-free.

Several events will be organised in the city and other parts of Gujarat on Wednesday as part of the sesquicentennial year of Gandhi's birth anniversary. Modi will arrive at the Ahmedabad airport around 6 pm, and will be greeted by BJP workers at a function organised there by the party's city unit. He will then visit the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation, state BJP president Jitu Vaghani said.

From there, he will go to the Sabarmati Riverfront, where he will declare the country open defecation-free (ODF) in the presence of over 20,000 village heads, he said. People associated with Gandhian institutions, high court judges, Padma awardees, students, educationists, and village-level sanitation workers have been invited for the function.

"Modi will also attend the state-level Navratri festival organised at the city's GMDC ground. He will spend some time at the garba ground before leaving for Delhi," Vaghani said.

People visiting Gujarat to attend the 2 October function at Sabarmati Riverfront will be taken to different places associated with Mahatma Gandhi, like the memorial at Dandi, which is associated with the historic salt march led by him in 1930, and the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar.

The administration of Navsari district, where Dandi is located, has organised a mega cleanliness drive at the Dandi beach, where Gandhi made salt as part of a civil disobedience movement, known as the 'Salt Satyagrah'.

Around 1,500 people are likely to join the drive to clean Dandi beach, Navsari collector Ardra Agarwal said. At the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, the day will begin with a 'sarvadharm prarthana' (all faith prayer) to be held around 8.30 am.

Around 900 students from primary schools across the state will gather at the Sabarmati Ashram and some of them will share their views on Gandhi's teachings of non-violence. The ashram trust said these children are among the 30,000 students from government primary schools who are being taught a lesson in non-violence by facilitators trained at the Sabarmati Ashram.

Students will speak on topics like 'Gandhi and non- violence', and 'Gandhi and cleanliness', the trust's director Atul Pandya said.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will spend the morning in Porbandar, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, and will dedicate to the city a riverfront constructed on the Asmavati river at a cost of Rs 44 crore.

He will also attend a prayer meet at Kirti Mandir, the ancestral house of the Gandhi family where Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October, 1869. Rupani will also take part in a cleanliness drive in the city which will be attended by a large number of people.

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