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Cleanliness is the responsibility of every citizen, not just government: Advani

Participating in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani on Thursday said that people should understand that cleanliness is the responsibility of every citizen and not just the government.

He also said that one of the main focuses of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign is to provide toilets for everyone so that people stop defecating in the open.

“People should understand that cleanliness is the responsibility of every citizen and not just the government,” said Advani.

“While traveling in trains during the morning, we see people defecating in the open, such things hamper the image of the country. The Swachh Bharat campaign that we have started around the nation is also aimed at providing toilets for everyone so that people stop defecating in the open,” he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi officially launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ from Rajpath, he also administered Swachh Bharat pledge and flagged-off Swachh Bharat walkathon.

The ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign that has been launched nationwide focuses on sanitation, hygiene and waste management.

The launch was preceded by cleanliness campaign week beginning September 25 which saw central government offices being spruced up by discarding or overhauling old furniture and sending old files to record rooms.

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