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PM Narendra Modi to felicitate Clean Champions
Rahul Sharma | 01 Oct 2015

One year since PM Narendra Modi nominated Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor in Chief, India Today Group to be a Clean India advocate, the India Today Group commemorates the honour with the India Today Safaigiri Singathon and Awards 2015.


The event will be held on 2nd October, the first anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, India's original Clean India Champion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make the day special as the key note speaker and by giving away the awards to the Clean India Champions. His presence at the event marks the first anniversary of him launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Commenting on the initiative, Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor in Chief, India Today Group said in a release, "I was delighted when the PM nominated me and The India Today group as an ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A clean India is such a simple idea but a revolutionary one. It will only succeed if all of us work to make it a movement. So many of our ills will be solved if we fix our sanitation. By one estimate it could increase our average per capita income by 7%. As a media Group, we can play a role to raise awareness of this campaign and get people involved. Our first step is Safaigiri Singathon & awards. Our aim is to work on an attitude change and bring viewers face to face with uncomfortable facts in an entertaining manner. I am glad that we are not just reporting but making a difference."

India Today Safaigiri Singathon & Awards is a key initiative of the Group's efforts in realising the vision of Swachh Bharat and in recognising Clean Champions across the country. The Clean Champions are selected in 13 categories through a process of online entries, field work, and selection by a jury of eminent citizens.

The jury members include Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India Today Group; N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus Infosys; Chetan Bhagat, Indian author; Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP; Vidya Balan, Actor; Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback Infrastructure Services Pvt. Ltd and Bindeswar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh International.

The Safaigiri Singathon & Awards is a platform that celebrates cleanliness champions across India who are engaged in innovative work. It will share best practices in the area of cleanliness and have top visionaries honouring the chosen innovators.

The awards will be given in the categories of Garbage Guru, Toilet Titan, Tech Icon, Cleanest Beach Town, Cleanest Monument, Cleanest Park, Cleanest Hill Station, Community Mobiliser, Cleanest Ghat, Water Warrior, Corporate Trailblazer and Cleanest Market Place.

The event will be highlighted by the Safai Singathon with singers and musicians performing through the day. The singers and musicians attending the daylong event include, Asha Bhosle, Kailash Kher, Daler Mehndi, Sonu Nigam, Hans Raj Hans, Papon and Udit Narayan.