India making efforts to be clean: Modi
Every citizen is making efforts towards a clean India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
"The government, society, institutions, organisations, citizens and in fact everyone is making some or the other effort towards cleanliness," he said in his radio programme Mann Ki Baat.
"Everyone is seen working towards the cause of cleanliness in a conscious manner. The government is continuously making efforts in this regard.
He exemplified various events and activities across the country vis-a-vis cleanliness.
An event was organised in Warangal in Telangana in which senior officers from 23 states took part, he said.
The Prime Minister then described the toilet pit emptying exercise carried out in Hyderabad on February 17 and 18.
"Toilet pits in six houses were emptied and cleaned and the officers personally demonstrated that the used up pits of twin pit toilet can be emptied and then re-used.
"In these new technique toilets, there is absolutely no inconvenience or hesitation in emptying or cleaning these toilets and even the psychological barrier does not come in. We can ourselves clean these toilet pits just as we do other general cleaning," he said.
"This waste deposited in the pit gets completely decomposed in six to 12 months time. The decomposed waste can be safely handled quite conveniently and can be used as ... fertilizer," Modi said.