The Indian cricket team, led by captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, pledged its support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachhata Hi Seva campaign ahead of the fifth ODI on Sunday. BCCI shared a video of the cricketers throwing a bottle into the dustbin. “There’s no other place garbage deserves to be other than the dustbin,” Kohli said.
The Indian cricket team, led by captain Virat Kohli showed their support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign ahead of the 5th and final ODI against Australia in Nagpur.
Team India posted a small clip on their social media channels, showing the team disposing the garbage in the dustbin, with Kohli adding, “There is no other place the garbage deserves to be other than the dustbin. We at the Indian cricket team support the Prime Minister’s Swachhata Hi Seva campaign.”
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, asking him to join in the campaign,
Modi wrote, “I am writing to you on a subject that is very close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart – Swachhata or cleanliness.
In the coming days we will commemorate Gandhi Jayanti. An inspiration to billions across generations and borders. Mahatma Gandhi recognised that our attitude towards cleanliness also reflects our attitude towards society. Bapu believed in achieving cleanliness through community participation.
Bapu also believed that Swachhata is for each of us to practice. Inspired his noble thoughts and a faith in spirit of 125 crore Indians, let us renew our pledge towards cleanliness. Let us ensure that the coming days are about the mantra ‘swacchata hi seva.’ Leading up to Gandhi Jayanti, we can encourage wide spread support for, and cleanliness initiatives across India.
A clean India is the most noble service we can do for the poor, downtrodden and the marginalised. Unclean surroundings adversely impact the weaker sections of the society even more.
The game of cricket has won a number of accolades worldwide. As the CEO of BCCI and with a sea of experience in media industry, you have the opportunity to use the game that unites India to contribute to cleanliness initiative and help build a sustained mass movement for the same.
I personally invite you to lend your support to the Swacchata hi Seva movement and dedicate some time for cause of a swachh bharat. Your participation will further inspire others to be part of the movement. You can share your experience with me on the Narendra Modi app.
Let us all come together for cleanliness, pay a fitting tribute to Bapu and work towards building a new India,