New Delhi, Sept 17: Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma today unveiled a 365 kg ‘ladoo’ to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 65th birthday here and said there can’t be a better way of celebrating it than declaring the occasion as ‘Swachhta Diwas’ (Cleanliness Day).
“A clean India would not only attract more tourists but also make it free of several diseases. There can’t be a better way of celebrating Modiji’s birthday than declaring it as ‘Swacchta Diwas,” Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said at a function organised here by Sulabh International to celebrate Modi’s birthday.
Last year, Modi had launched Swachch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), and exhorted people of the country to wield the broom to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India.
Non-governmental organisation Sulabh has declared Modi’s birthday as ‘Swachhta Diwas’. Earlier, Sharma unveiled a 365 kg Ladoo on this occasion. He said that the entire world today was looking at India and hoping for its guidance under Modi.
Stressing the need for sanitation and cleanliness, the Minister said that he was at pains when tourists capture images of garbage dumps than of India’s rich heritage and culture. ”I am at pains when international tourists coming to India takes with him photographs of garbage dumps while going back to his country than its rich culture, knowledge and science,” he said.
A qawwali on the theme Clean India was also presented by city-based musical group Nizam Bandhu on the occasion.