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Let's commit ourselves to ensuring public, personal and environmental hygiene: President Kovind on Gandhi Jayanti
In his message of on Gandhi Jayanti, President of India Ram Nath Kovind urged people to commit to 'ensuring public hygiene, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene'.

In his message to the nation the President said, "Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion for all of us to rededicate ourselves to the ideals and values of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi."

He added, "A man of simple living and a moral preceptor, Gandhiji gave a new direction to the country through his leadership. His philosophy of non-violence and peaceful co-existence is of increasing relevance in the present times. Through the symbols of Charkha, the spinning wheel and khadi, he stressed the message of self-reliance and dignity of labour."

"Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of sanitation personnel and Government Departments. Today, India is fighting a decisive battle for cleanliness and hygiene through the 'Swachhta Hi Seva' campaign. Gandhiji believed that 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'," he elaborated.

According to Kovind, Gandhiji had visualised cleanliness as having three dimensions – a clean mind, a clean body and clean surroundings.

He urged, "Let us also commit ourselves to ensuring public hygiene, personal hygiene and environmental hygiene. It is a multi-stakeholder national movement. Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be a true expression of tribute and regard to Gandhiji on his birth anniversary."

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