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Bill Gates lauds Narendra Modi for the Swachh Bharat campaign

Think Change India
27th Apr 2017
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Founder of Microsoft and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is someone who has always been concerned about the sanitation and cleanliness problem in the world, and he has made significant efforts to help fight the issue. On account of this, Gates has appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his progress with the Swachh Bharat campaign in the country over the years. Apart from cleanliness, Swachh Bharat also involves the eradication of open defecation and improvement in sanitation.

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In his blog gatesnotes.com, Bill Gates said,

Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest comments on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. I can’t think of another time when a national leader has broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly. Even better, Modi backed up his words with actions. Two months after that speech, he launched a campaign called Clean India (Swachh Bharat), which now includes ending open defecation nationwide by 2019, installing 75 million toilets throughout the country - 75 million! And making sure that no untreated waste is dumped into the environment.

According to a report by India Today, Gates pointed out that Modi was one of the first political leaders who broached such a sensitive topic so frankly and so publicly and highlighted the importance of solving this huge problem during his first address to the nation on Independence Day.

Here is a virtual reality video that Gates mentions about in his blog:

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