President Kovind Declares Rural Gujarat Open Defecation Free

President Ram Nath Kovind today paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at his birthplace Kirti Mandir in Gujarat’s Porbandar and stressed that cleanliness was a “multi-stakeholder” national movement.

On the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, the president declared rural Gujarat open defecation free (ODF) and said: “this is the true homage to Gandhiji”.

He also launched a solid waste management and rural comprehensive cleanliness programme for 3,300-gram panchayats in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi where elections are due later this year.
Addressing a function at Kirti Mandir, the president said that by becoming open defecation free, Gujarat has paid a “true homage to Gandhiji”.

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