Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani today declared Porbandar district, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi,– Open Defecation Free (ODF).
The announcement was made during a mass rally in Porbandar to dedicate this declaration to the memory of the Mahatma on his 147th birth anniversary.
The rally began from Sudama Mandir and culminated at the event venue, the Nagar Palika Party plot, Chaupati, Porbandar.
Two other districts of Gujarat – Mehsana and Narmada – were also declared ODF today, along with 30 taluks and 3000 Gram Panchayats in the State. Mehsana is the birthplace of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking on the occasion, Tomar said that the nation today witnessed a historic moment as the birthplace of the Mahatma was declared ODF on his Jayanti.
According to the minister, a total of 100,000 villages across the country have been declared ODF so far which, he said, is a strong proof how the very government’s programme has now become a people’s movement.
Image Caption: Porbandar skyline/Wikipedia