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Apr 10, 2018
7:48AM

PM Modi to participate in concluding ceremony of year-long centenary celebration of Champaran Satyagraha in Bihar



Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Bihar today to participate in the concluding ceremony of Centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha at Motihari in East Champaran district. He will address 20,000 ambassadors of Cleanliness known as Swachhagrahis (स्वच्छाग्रही) and administer them the oath of cleanliness at historic Gandhi Maidan of Motihari.  
The programme is being organised as a precursor of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi by which target of Open Defecation Free India to be achieved.  Our correspondent reports, Mr Modi will felicitate 10 Swacchagrahis, who have made the exceptional contribution in mass mobilization for cleanliness.
 
The venue has been given the commemorative look of Champaran Satyagraha and Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Bihar has been replicated with several wall paintings, installations and statues. A makeshift Swacchtagram has been set up for Swacchagrahis. Before addressing Swacchta Sammelan the Prime Minister would pay homage to father of Nation at the venue. 

The week-long Chalo Champaran Satyagraha se Swacchagrah has evoked the good response in mass mobilization for cleanliness. The current data shows state’s coverage of toilets in the household has increased to 52 percent which is the big jump in sanitation. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Motihari."
Prime Minister will also dedicate and lay the foundation of several development projects on this occasion via video link. Mr Modi would lay the foundation of four sewerage projects, worth of over one thousand crore rupees for Patna, under Namami Gange Mission and 70 kilometre stretch of National Highway -2 projects on Bihar Jharkhand border of worth nearly 900 crore rupees.
The Prime Minister will kick-start construction of doubling of Muzaffarpur-Suagauli-Valmikinagar rail section and Motihari-Amlekhganj Oil Pipeline Project besides beautification of Motihari Motijheel and a water supply project for Bettiah under AMRUT scheme.

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