Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced 18 Telugu personalities from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as ambassadors for “Swachh Bharat” drive.
Majority of personalities were present in meet including Former cricketer V.V.S. Laxman, badminton coach Pullela Gopichand and popular actor Pawan Kalyan and they assured their full support to clean India campaign.
From Telangana state nine people were nominated amongst CM KCR’s daughter and Member of Parliament K. Kavitha
From Andhra Pradesh only leader nominated is Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Galla Jayadev from Guntur.
Former test cricketer and interim president of BCCI Shivlal Yadav, chess champion Koneru Humpy, industrialists B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, J.A. Chowdary, J. Rameswara Rao and G.V.K. Reddy, physicians Gopi Chand and G.S. Rao and journalist Vemuri Radhakrishna are the other ambassadors nominated by Naidu.
Filmmaker Raghavendra Rao was present at meet to declare support to the campaign.
The 18 ambassadors will nominate 9 ambassadors each and they inturn will name 9 each to carry forward the program.
Naidu said Telugu icons are free to select their areas of choice for taking up the campaign and also to take it forward with their ideas. He added gathering that he had already spoke with spiritual leaders of all communities and representatives of trade and industry, sports, film industry and other sectors. He said PM Narendra Modi wants to make “Swachh Bharat” a people’s movement by involving them from all walks of life.
Naidu said “every poor citizen in this country has to bear an additional expenditure of Rs.6,500 every year,” for cost of inadequate sanitation.
He said the central government was trying to create awareness and change the mindset of the people and develop infrastructure like toilets, sewerage, drainage system and solid waste management.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is ready to help in sanitation in a big way. “He told me that money is not the problem, mindset is the problem,” Naidu said.
Naidu said he recently amended Delhi building bylaws to make it compulsory for business establishments, advocates, doctors and other to provide toilets for visitors and clients. Similarly, it will be mandatory for hotels to convert their waste into energy. Naidu plans to write letters to the states to frame similar rules.
Former test cricketer Laxman said it is the moral responsibility of every citizen to keep their surroundings clean the way they keep their homes clean. He said“If we have to make transformation, it has to be at the grass root level,”
On this meet Naidu announced Rs.20 crore for Telangana and Rs.10 crore for Andhra Pradesh as token allocation from the central government for undertaking the “Swachh Bharat” campaign.