The Prime Minister, addressed 20,000 Swachhagrahis in Motihari, East Champaran district of Bihar at the culmination of a weeklong “Satyagraha se Swachhagraha” campaign run in Bihar from 3rd April onwards.
At this event, associated with the clarion call “Chalo Champaran”, the Prime Minister awarded ten Swachhagrahis who performed outstandingly in their villages.
Chief Minister of Bihar and Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation were also present at this event. In addition to addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister also inaugurated new initiatives of the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Namami Gange in Bihar. Mahatma Gandhi launched the Champaran Satyagraha over a century ago, on 10th April, 1917, to give the country freedom from foreign rule. April 10th, 2018 marks the end of the centenary year celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha, and is going to be celebrated through the “Satyagraha se Swachhagraha” campaign, which is aimed at achieving freedom from filth.
To commemorate this landmark, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in coordination with the Government of Bihar, worked to spread the message of Swachhata across the country by initiating the “Satyagraha se Swachhagraha” campaign, from 3rd to 10th April. More than 10,000 Swachhagrahis from different parts of the country were invited to Bihar, where they worked with 10,000 Swachhagrahis from Bihar to “trigger” behaviour change throughout the 38 districts of the State and build momentum of the jan andolan further.
The sanitation coverage of Bihar increased from 42% to 51% during the course of this campaign.