PM Modi To Honour Women Sarpanch Working For Swachh Bharat
NEW DELHI: Women sarpanch, who have done exemplary (अनुकरणीय) work under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, will be felicitated(सम्मानित) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Womens' Day. The Prime Minister will honour and give awards to the women sarpanch for their contribution in the clean India campaign at a function likely to be held at Gandhinagar, in Gujarat, on the occasion (अवसर) of International Womens' Day on March 8, sources said. The aim behind organising this event is to motivate the women and increase their involvement with this campaign, they added. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) was officially launched on October 2, 2014 by PM Modi himself.
The campaign aims to clean the streets, roads and other infrastructure across the country.
As part of this campaign, the government is aiming to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2, 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing close to 9 crore toilets.
So far, about 3.46 crore toilets have been constructed and about 1.65 lakh villages have become ODF.
In last two years, sanitation (स्वच्छता) coverage of the country has also increased to 61.16 per cent from 42 per cent, according to official data.