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'Mann ki Baat': PM Modi launches ‘Fit India’ campaign

'Mann ki Baat': PM Modi launches ‘Fit India’ campaign
File photo of PM Narendra Modi.

Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 25
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, in his monthly "Mann Ki Baat" radio address, announced the launch of "Fit India" campaign on August 29. 
 
Modi also pitched for launching a "new mass movement" against single-use plastic from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
The government will also launch a campaign to bring focus on "nutrition" in September. Malnutrition is “curse” which affects women and children who are the “foundation of society”, said the PM.  
 
A major portion of his address was dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the celebrations on his 150th birth anniversary on October 2. 
 
Modi said Gandhi’s ideal of community service and the “concomitant transcendental joy” needs to be emulated. 
 
He also spoke of Gandhi's method of community mobilisation for public good.
 
"I will associate each one of you in 'Fit India' campaign. I want you to be fit," said Modi, while referring to the popularity of Yoga after UN declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga.
 
Modi urged people to participate in "Swachhta hi Sewa" campaign which will be kicked off on September 12 and conclude on October 2. 
 
The government will declare the entire country to have achieved "ODF" (open defecation free) status on the occasion.
 
Modi also spoke of protection of the environment, and advocated a shift from its "conservation" to "compassion" towards it. 
 
Modi expressed satisfaction at the doubling of the population of tigers in the country.
 

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