Hyderabad: As a follow-up of the call given by the Prime Minister during his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address to the nation on August 27, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan launched the ‘Swatchata Hi Sewa’ (SHS) campaign on the Raj Bhavan premises on Friday.
Launching the campaign, the Governor gave the call to the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to take up the mobilization drive and accelerate ODF progress in villages through construction of twin pit toilets in conjunction with behaviour change activities. The Governor also called upon the local bodies, community organizations, private sector organizations and all other stake-holders to contribute to the SHS activities beginning from September 15, 2017 and culminating with Gandhi Jayanthi on October 2, 2017 to realise the dream of Mahatma Gandhi for a clean India. He said in order to ensure the hygiene and cleanliness in both the States in particular and the country as a whole, it is necessary to solve the problems of sanitation, access to safe toilet, and ensure proper waste management.
He further emphasised on the objectives of the campaign, which are complete elimination of open defecation in every area, eradication of manual scavenging, promotion of reuse and recycling of municipal solid wastes, bring behavioural changes in people regarding hygiene and health, facilitate community organizations and private sector agencies to participate in this mission on a large scale. The swatch campaign at Raj Bhavan campus premises was led by Governor and particiapted by Harpreet Singh, Principal Secretary, Arjun Rao, Joint Secretary and other officers and staff members of Raj Bhavan, actively participated in the cleanliness drive to clear the garbage in the Raj Bhavan Campus.