NEW DELHI || Sanitation pioneer Sulabh International on Thursday launched special cleanliness cum Menstrual Hygiene campaign to mark 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 70 cities across India.
Sulabh’s Social workers launched cleaning drive under “Seva Saptah” around Sulabh public toilets and distributed sanitary napkin packets among adolescents girls and women apart from handing over a number of masks at different places in almost all state headquarters and other cities.
Sulabh International led by its founder Bindeshwar Pathak, organises birthday of prime minister every year with an aim to creating awareness among masses towards cleanliness.
Pathak ,while wishing Prime Minister on his 70th birthday said, “For the last six years, we have been celebrating the prime minister's birthday to give further boost to programmes close to Modi's heart and are also very crucial for the nation’s health and empowerment.”
Our volunteers on Thursday launched a nationwide campaign to address issues related to public health and distributed masks in about 70 cities and towns across the country, Pathak told The News Agency. It was Pathak who started sanitation campaign in India around five decades ago.
Special programme was organised in the villages of Mewat region in Haryana where girls took pledge regarding cleanliness. Apart from volunteers,Students of Sulabh school sanitation club actively took part in campaigns in different parts of the country.
Lack of awareness often costs girls their social lives and education, Pathak added. “As an NGO working in areas of sanitation and water, we worked with all partners — in line with prime minister’s vision — to achieve the open defecation free targets for India. We applaud Narendra Modi for providing leadership in tackling issues crucial for women and girls’ health and for achieving SDG targets," he said.
As part of the cleanliness drives, "say no to single-use plastic” and tree plantation programmes were organised to drive home the message of clean environment. Five smart TV sets were also handed over to five schools to promote e-learning in Delhi. In Vrindavan, widows living in various ashrams also wished Modi on his birthday and distributed handmade masks to people around their shelter homes.