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President promises a Swachh Bharat Mission

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In his inaugural address to India's Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee outlined the new government's agenda. Along with other things, he promised a Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission). This is exactly what he said:

15. We must not tolerate the indignity of homes without toilets and public spaces littered with garbage. For ensuring hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the nation a “Swachh Bharat Mission” will be launched. This will be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary to be celebrated in the year 2019.

We agree. We would have liked him to add that we must not tolerate germs and diseases arising out of open defecation. Hopefully, that goal will be an important part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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