AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared rural India “open-defecation free”. Wrote Modi in the visitor’s book in Sabarmati Ashram here, “I am satisfied that on the occasion of Gandhi At 150, we’re witnessing the fulfillment of his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’. I feel lucky that on this occasion, when India has successfully stopped open defecation, I’m here at the ashram.”Representatives of Nigeria, Indonesia and Male were among those present to hail the occasion.
Modi pressed the button of a remote-control device, unveiling the map of India and declaring India is now open-defecation free. “Today the whole world is appreciating and awarding us, providing toilets to over 60crore people in 60 months by building over 11crore toilets,” the PM said. “The world is amazed by this. However, this achievement is just a milestone and we should not stop here. The movement has to continue.”