Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind says 6.5cr peo­ple suf­fer from men­tal dis­or­der due to un­hy­gienic con­di­tions

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind starts off ‘Swach­hta Hi Seva’ from Ish­wari­g­anj which was ODF in ’16

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Luc­know: Un­der­lin­ing the need to carry for­ward Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind said over 6.5 crore peo­ple in the coun­try are suf­fer­ing from men­tal dis­or­ders due to un­hy­gienic con­di­tions.

Launch­ing na­tion­wide ‘Swach­hta Hi Seva’ cam­paign on the third an­niver­sary of Swachh Bharat Mis­sion in Ish­wari­g­anj vil­lage in Kanpur on Fri­day, the Pres­i­dent said, “It was the not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment alone, but every cit­i­zen of the coun­try will have to come for­ward to make the Swach­hta move­ment suc­cess­ful.”

Quot­ing Ma­hatma Gandhi, Kovind re­called when Gand­hiji had said that the coun­try can­not re­main clean till every cit­i­zen takes up broom and bucket in hand. Call­ing bol­ly­wood star Amitabh Bachchan a ‘Rash­tra Nir­mata’, he said that Bachchan has been mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion by do­ing ad­ver­tise­ments on Swach­hta Mis­sion with­out charg­ing a penny.

Giv­ing an ex­am­ple of Ish­wari­g­anj vil­lage which was declared open-defe­ca­tion free (ODF) in 2016, Kovind urged the peo­ple of the coun­try to fol­low its step in keep­ing India clean.

Laud­ing girls for turn­ing down mar­riage pro­pos­als from those who do not toi­lets, he pointed that el­ders in vil­lage re­main tense till their women and girls re­turn home safely af­ter defe­cat­ing in open.

He also fe­lic­i­tated Ish­wari­g­anj vil­lage pradhan Akash Verma,

vil­lage de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Rakesh Jha, san­i­tary worker Vinod Singh, ODF aware­ness team mem­bers Ra Rani, Ram Bali, Puja Gau­tam and Babli Gau­tam.

—PTI

Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind hon­ours a san­i­ta­tion worker at the launch of ‘Swach­hta Hi Seva’ cam­paign from Iswari­g­anj Vil­lage in Kanpur on Fri­day

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