Danapur resident K Shanmugam’s bid to spread 'Swachhta' message

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27 Dec 2017

“Every Indian should become part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, a “Jan Andolan”, with a missionary zeal so that the goal of a “Clean India” is achieved by 2nd October, 2019 - the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who accorded highest priority to sanitation and cleanliness and had famously said “Sanitation is more important than political freedom”. The Mahatma further said that the cause of many of our diseases is the condition of our lavatories and our bad habit of disposing of excreta anywhere and everywhere. The dream of the Father of the Nation, a ‘Clean India’ could be realized through ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan,” said Vice President of India, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu this year on Gandhi Jayanti. The message has percolated down to the masses at least for Mr. K. Shanmugam, resident of Mayabunder in North Andaman.
A social worker by heart, Mr. K. Shanmugam, resident of Danapur, has taken the responsibility of spreading the message of Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission. He had been striving to generate awareness on the importance of cleanliness in his village and adjoining hamlets to realize the dream of Clean India by 2019. As part of his mission, Mr. K. Shanmugam has deployed his personal vehicle to encourage villagers to construct individual toilets in their household before the set deadline of Dec 31, 2017.
“As a responsible citizen of the country, it’s my duty to propagate the benefits of key government schemes among the masses. Swachh Bharat Mission is one of the flagship schemes of the Central Government and to achieve the target, collective effort of all is required. My personal truck fitted with banner and placards is on the round rounds here since December 5 to motivate villagers from Mayabunder and Webi to construct individual toilets and refrain from open defecation. The local administration has set a deadline till December 31 for the purpose or else fine will be imposed on people found defecating in the open. I’ll remain committed to the mission of cleanliness as I firmly believe that a small effort can make a tangible difference in the lives of people here,” says Mr Shanmugam.