Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Sanitation Center (Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra) built under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Rajghat in New Delhi. This centre has been devoted to Mahatma Gandhi. Speaking after inaugurating Rashtriya Swacchata Kendra PM Modi said that the cleanliness drive has been a big support in the fight against coronavirus. After taking a tour of the National Sanitation Center, the Prime Minister interacted with 36 school students from Delhi, representing 36 States and Union Territories, at the amphitheatre of the Kendra, adhering to social distancing protocols. The Prime Minister announced a week-long campaign till 15th August to free India of garbage.

Highlighting the 1942 Quit India movement, the PM said that there has been a ‘Bharat Chhodo’ mission going on in the country for the past six years including movements against the use of plastic, against corruption, terrorism and for the promotion of cleanliness. The centre was first announced by the Prime Minister on 10 April 2017 to mark 100 years of Gandhiji’s Champaran ‘Satyagraha’.

The PM said, “Bapu saw the reflection of Swaraj in cleanliness. He also considered cleanliness as a way to fulfilling the dream of Swaraj. I am satisfied that the name of a modern monument dedicated to Bapu’s insistence on cleanliness is now associated with Rajghat. On such a historic day, the launch of the National Sanitation Center near Rajghat is very relevant in itself. This centre is a tribute to 130 crore Indians towards Bapu’s Swachhagraha, Karyanjali.”

In the first hall of National Sanitation Center, visitors will experience a unique 360-degree audio-visual immersive show, which will narrate India’s Swachhata Story, a journey into the largest behaviour change campaign in the history of the world. The second Hall contains a series of interactive LED panels, hologram boxes, interactive games and much more, to tell the story of the work done to achieve Gandhi’s vision of a Swachh Bharat.