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Chief Minister offers floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary in Porbandar

    Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel pays his obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi at his birthplace at Kiriti Mandir and join all-religion prayer at Porbandar on Gandhi Jayanti

    “Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission fulfils Gandhiji’s mantra of Cleanliness is Godliness”

    “Gujarat will be in the forefront in implementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat 2.0 and Amrit Mission 2.0”

    – Shri Bhupendra Patel

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    Porbandar (Gujarat), Saturday: Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel paid his obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi at his birthplace at Kirti Mandir, offered floral tribute, and attended the all-religion prayer on his 152nd birth anniversary here today.

    Spealing on the occasion, Mr. Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, taking a cue from Gandhiji’s mantra of ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’, launched Clean India Movement and Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 and Amrit Mission 2.0 across the country yesterday.

    Mr. Patel exuded confidence that with these missions and sustained development Gandhiji’s Gujarat will attain greater heights. It was Mr. Modi’s resolve to take the country from ‘Swaraj to Surajya’ to make a success of Gandhiji’s mantra of ‘Village Uplift’ and ‘Cleanliness is Godliness’. They are as relevant now as Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0.

    He said that Gujarat has converted sustainable sanitation, waste water treatment, solid waste management and capacity building into a people’s movement. It is every citizen’s duty to ensure cleanliness.

    Mr. Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the nationwide Swachh Bharat Mission 1.0 on October 2, 2014. In Amrit Mission 1.0, he said Gujarat stood third in the country by completing 305 works worth Rs. 2,800 crore, including connection to 1.70 lakh houses under 95 works

    Under the Clean India Mission, he said that Gujarat will reform 31 ‘Amrit Shahars’ with urban reforms like connecting every house to sewage and septic tank, water connection, repair wells, water security, urban planning and market finance mobilisation.

    He said that imbibing the spirit of non-violence and cleanliness could be the best tribute to the great soul that was Mahatma Gandhi. No wonder that lakhs of domestic and international tourists every year visit his birthplace at Porbandar, also known as Sudamapuri, to pay their respect to the Mahatma.

    Mr. Patel went round the Kirti Mandir, Gandhi Smriti Ghar, Charkha Point, Haveli Mandir. He attended the all-religion prayers rendered by Porbandar Government School teachers and artistes

    The Chief Minister launched the website on Kirti Mandir for the benefit of tourists and people at large, unveiled a book titled ‘Mohan Se Mohan’ written by Porbandar Collector Ashok Sharma, and flagged off Swachhata Yatra.

    Agriculture Minister Raghavjibhai Patel also spoke on the occasion.

    Others present at the function included Members of Parliament Rambhai Mokariya and Rameshbhai Dhaduk, MLA Babubhai Bokhiria, BJP District President Kiritbhai Modhvadia, District Panchayat President Manjuben Karavadara, Nagarpalika President Sarjbhai Karia, Collector Ashok Sharma, Range IG Police, officers, prominent citizens and students.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat