Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday, broom in hand, collected garbage at J J Hospital premises to drive home the message of Swachh Bharat.
“We have also decided to start an awareness campaign to make Maharashtra plastic free, which would give employment to many youths,” Fadnavis said.
Reiterating the state’s commitment to get rid of open defecation (ODF) by 2018, he said, “Out of the total ten cities/towns which have attained 100 per cent ODF across the country, five belong to Maharashtra.”
The CM acknowledged the role of women in the campaign. The women in rural areas have taken the initiative in toilet building and there are several success stories being replicated by other states, he said. Women are leading the “Swachh Bharat” campaign, he added.
Almost 100 cities are going to be free of open defecation by October 2, he revealed. The process is on to make sewage water treatment compulsory before it is allowed to flow into rivers. “Good health depends on hygiene. I appeal to all to participate in the cleanliness campaign,” he said. The “Mahacleanathon” was part of the Swachh Bharat awareness campaign organised by the state government and NDTV.
Bachchan said, “If every individual ensures that his own vicinity is clean, the entire country will be clean.”
“On October 2 (Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary), at least every individual should set aside an hour for cleanliness. At public places, cleanliness is a collective responsibility and people should guard against throwing garbage in public places.”