To observe the birthday of the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, the Government of Gujarat on 17th September 2021 organized a statewide celebration called Garibo na Beli – to support the impoverished people across the State.
The event also included activities such as construction of individual and community soak pits for liquid waste management and construction of individual toilets and retrofitting of toilets that needed repair at a total cost of Rs.138.31 crore. The activities were to coincide with the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen’s (SBM-G) 100-days’ campaign and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence.
While the main function was organized at Ahmedabad in the presence of the Chief Minister, Shri Bhupendra Patel and Chief Secretary, Shri Pankaj Kumar, parallel Taluka level events were held simultaneously in 400 other locations across the state and attended by other Ministers, MPs, MLAs, District and Taluka Panchayat Presidents, Sarpanchs, Self Help Groups and administration officials.
The main function in Ahmedabad was relayed live at all the 400 locations and viewed by lakhs of people on social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Vande Gujarat Channel.
During the day, construction was to begin for as many as one lakh individual soak pits at the cost of Rs.31 crore; 10,000 community soak pits at Rs.22 crore; 66929 individual household latrines at Rs.80.31 crore; and retrofitting of 25,000 toilets at Rs.5 crore.
Ahead of this, beneficiaries and locations were identified, and technical and administrative sanctions given to begin work in more than 10,000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) across the State. In preparation for the series of events, information was passed on to the various district administrations by SATCOMs and video conference to ensure seamless coordination of the event.
Further, to increase awareness about the benefits of liquid waste management, various IEC activities such as wall paintings, slogan writing and Samvads were held, all aimed at promoting ODF Plus villages.