On 8th March 2017, PM Narendra Modi gave Swachh Shakti Awards 2017 to women sarpanch in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. These women have contributed to the movement towards a clean India in a great way. The prize were distributed on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2017. Modi said that in 2019, we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi himself wanted to see a clean India. Gandhiji had a given a valuable message to us that cleanliness is even more important than political freedom.
Awardees names are given below:
- Sumitra Kumari from Assam
- Manju Maurya from UP
- Kumari Neelam from Haryana
- Shivani Dakoy from West Bengal
- Uttara Thakur from Chhattisgarh
- Asha Putri from Rajasthan
- Ramila Ben Rai Singh Gavit from Gujarat
- M. Malika from Tamil Nadu
- Sushila Kurkute from Maharashtra
- Akamma Harval from Karnataka
Important Highlights about Swachh Shakti Awards 2017
- Around 6000 women sarpaches had participated in Swacch Shakti Sammelan.
- A digital exposition was also demonstrated in the same occasion. In this demonstration one could see how a clean village is transforming itself into being digital.
- The figures say that there are around 25 villages out of 33 in Gujarat which have become Open Defecation Free.