The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Swachh Kumbh, Swachh Aabhaar event in Prayagraj.
He reached the dais after a dip in the waters of the Holy Sangam at Prayagraj, and after conducting a “Charan Vandana” of select sanitation workers, as a mark of respect to their efforts in ensuring a clean Kumbh.
He described all those, who have been involved in ensuring the best of arrangements for the devotees gathering at Prayagraj for the Kumbh, as “Karm-Yogis.” In this context, he mentioned the NDRF, the boatmen, the local population, and the sanitation workers as well. Mentioning that over 21 crore people have visited the Kumbh over the last few weeks, he said the sanitation workers have shown that nothing is impossible. He said that they are most deserving, for all the appreciation that the Kumbh has got this year. He said the moments when he offered Charan Vandana to some sanitation workers, would always remain etched in his memory.
The Prime Minister said that the Swachh Seva Samman Kosh, announced today would help the sanitation workers and their families, in times of need.
The Prime Minister said that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is progressing rapidly. He said the country is moving towards becoming Open Defecation Free before the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, on October 2 this year.
Shri Narendra Modi said that the cleanliness of the River Ganga has also been the subject of much discussion this year. He added that today, he has witnessed it first-hand. He said that this is also a result of the efforts of Namaami Gange, and the Union Government. He said drains falling into the river are being blocked, and sewage treatment plants being built. He said that a few days ago, he received the Seoul Peace Prize, which included an amount of about Rs. 1.30 crore. He said he has donated that amount towards the Namaami Gange Mission. He said the gifts and mementoes he has received as Prime Minister have also been auctioned, and their proceeds have also gone towards Namaami Gange.
The Prime Minister had a special word of appreciation for the boatmen (Naviks) involved in Kumbh as well. He also noted that for the first time since independence, pilgrims arriving for Kumbh had a chance to visit the Akshay Vat.
The Prime Minister thanked everyone present in the gathering for fulfilling his vision of a Kumbh that was a blend of spirituality, faith and modernity. He also appreciated the role being played by the Uttar Pradesh Police in this regard.
The Prime Minister said that the arrangements made for Kumbh this year, have included development of vital infrastructure, which will continue to serve the city, even after the Kumbh Mela is over.
इस साल 2 अक्टूबर से पहले पूरा देश खुद को खुले में शौच से मुक्त घोषित करने की तरफ आगे बढ़ रहा है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 24, 2019
और मैं समझता हूं, प्रयागराज के आप सभी स्वच्छाग्रही, पूरे देश के लिए बहुत बड़ी प्रेरणा बनकर सामने आए हैं: PM
गंगाजी की ये निर्मलता नमामि-गंगे मिशन की दिशा और सरकार के सार्थक प्रयासों का भी उदाहरण है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 24, 2019
इस अभियान के तहत प्रयागराज गंगा में गिरने वाले 32 नाले बंद कराए गए हैं।
सीवर-ट्रीटमेंट प्लांट के माध्यम से गंगा नदी में प्रदूषित जल को साफ करने के बाद ही प्रवाहित किया गया: PM
नमामि-गंगे के लिए अनेक स्वच्छाग्रही तो योगदान दे ही रहे हैं, आर्थिक रूप से भी मदद कर रहे हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 24, 2019
मैंने भी इसमें छोटा सा योगदान किया है।
सियोल पीस प्राइज़ के तौर पर मुझे जो 1 करोड़ 30 लाख रुपए की राशि मिली थी, उसको मैंने नमामि-गंगे मिशन के लिए समर्पित कर दिया है: PM
बीते साढ़े चार वर्षों में प्रधानमंत्री के नाते मुझे जो उपहार मिले हैं,— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 24, 2019
उनकी नीलामी करके भी जो राशि मिली है,
वो भी मां गंगा की सेवा में लगाई जा रही है: PM
पिछली बार मैं जब यहां आया था तो मैंने कहा था कि इस बार का कुंभ— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 24, 2019
आधुनिकता की त्रिवेणी बनेगा।
मुझे खुशी है कि आप सभी ने अपनी तपस्या से इस विचार को साकार किया है।
तपस्या के क्षेत्र को तकनीक से जोड़ कर जो अद्भुत संगम बनाया गया उसने भी सभी का ध्यान खींचा है: PM
Moments I’ll cherish for my entire life!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 24, 2019
Honouring remarkable Safai Karamcharis, who have taken the lead when it comes to realising the dream of a Swachh Bharat!
I salute each and every person making a contribution towards a Swachh Bharat pic.twitter.com/IsjuCgjlkn
‘Swachh Kumbh, Swachh Aabhaar’ was a great platform to honour those great women and men who have worked tirelessly to keep the Kumbh at Prayagraj clean. Here are some glimpses from the programme. @PrayagrajKumbh pic.twitter.com/ERBgRM45lD— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 24, 2019
The people of Prayagraj must be congratulated for being exceptional hosts of the Kumbh in the city.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 24, 2019
The efforts of the Naviks, local administration, police personnel have been noteworthy.
Congratulations to the UP Government for their stupendous organisation of the Kumbh!