Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Mr Modi for the success of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) and offered support to Swachh Bharat Mission.

PM Shinzo Abe shared this through a written message which stated that Japan’s government would provide support to promote Clean India initiative launched under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, Ministry informed.

Mr Abe said, “Securing clean water and improving sanitary conditions is a common challenge in the world. We hope for the further progress of each country’s efforts to address the challenge through active discussions at this convention (MGISC),” in the message.

MGISC was a four-day international conference which was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind. It sought the presence of international delegates and other leaders in WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) from around the world.

The conference was addressed by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and on a concluding day, Prime Minister Modi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the gathering present over there.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) or Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) is a nation-wide campaign started in the year 2014 and will conclude in 2019. The campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi by Prime Minister Modi and intends to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s cities, towns, and rural areas.

The major objective of the mission is to end open defecation through building household-owned and community-owned toilets and by establishing the proper maintenance system for it.

The mission aims to make the country  “open-defecation free” by 2 October 2019.

The Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan is the country’s largest cleanliness drive which had three million government employees and students from all parts of India participating in 4,041 cities, towns, and rural areas.

Mr Modi referred it as campaign Satyagrah se Swachhagrah and urged the countrymen to become the part of this initiation. The campaign brought so many changes in the lives of the people and provided a hygienic environment for living.