Launch of Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra by Hon'ble Prime Minister
A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra (RSK) was first announced by the Hon'ble Prime Minister on 10th April 2017 at the centenary celebrations of Gandhiji's indigo agitation, the Champaran Satyagraha. The RSK has been established at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti at Rajghat in New Delhi - a dynamic experience centre to actively engage with citizens to impart information, awareness, and education around Swachhata in an interactive format with a balanced mix of digital and outdoor installations
The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on 2nd October 2014 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi towards eradicating the practice of open defecation across the country. The rural component of the Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission - Grameen (SBM-G) has since witnessed unprecedented progress with increase in rural sanitation coverage of the country from mere 38% to around 100% today. Under SBM (G), more than 100 million toilets have been constructed in last five years. Due to universal sanitation coverage, all States and Union Territories have declared their rural areas open defecation free (ODF) ahead of the target deadline of 2nd October, 2019 - a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. The key instrument in leading the sanitation revolution which made India ODF has been people's participation, transforming the Mission into a Jan Andolan (a people's movement).