Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, and nearly 170 towns in Gujarat, were declared open-defecation free on the birth anniversary of the ‘Father of the Nation’ on Sunday.
On the occasion, Union urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu urged the people to answer Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a ‘Swachh Bharat’.
“As Mahatma Gandhi had said, for getting freedom we all need to be satyagrahi. Similarly our PM has said we all need to be swachhgrahi for clean India. So all Gujaratis become swachhgrahi,” he said in his address to people of Porbandar through video-conferencing.
“This is an interim gift to Mahatama Gandhi ji and the final gift will be in 2019 when the entire country will be clean or swachhh,” Naidu added.
He also complimented Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, his ministers and officials after 170 towns of Gujarat were declared open-defecation free.
“Gujarat is the torch bearer and has set an example for others in swachhta (cleanliness),” the minister said.