Ahmedabad, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that rural India has declared itself Open Defecation Free (ODF) on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a target which the Centre had set in 2014.
“Today, rural India and its villages have declared themselves ODF. This the power and source of success of the ongoing ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’ (cleanliness drive) being run based on self-motivation and with public participation,” he said in his address at the Sabarmati river front.
Making the announcement, Modi said that this motivational place of Sabarmati has become the witness of this success.
The Modi government had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) from October 2, 2014 with an aim to achieve ODF India by October 2, 2019.