Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu launched ‘Swachh Andhra Mission’ on 2 October 2017, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu was appointed as the brand ambassador of the mission. She along with the state minister for Information Technology and Rural Development Nara Lokesh and public representatives was present at the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu praised Singhu and said that it is a proud moment for the state that Sindhu is the brand ambassador for Swachh Andhra.
Backing the aim of Open Defecation Free (ODF) Andhra Pradesh, the Minister said "Prime Minister Modi launched Swachh Bharat three years ago. Cleanliness makes society healthy and better. We are taking those targets ahead."
Naidu further added that girls and women should live with respect and to achieve the same, every house needs to have a toilet. He said that the state government is working on making the state 100 per cent ODF by March 2018. He said that the state would have to construct 22 lakh more toilets by March 2018.
"Constructing and using toilets is the symbol for civilized society. There are many problems in villages like current, roads, gas and others. We want to equip all villages in the state with all facilities before 2019 elections," he added.
He further, urged people to contribute in making Andhra Pradesh Swachh by taking a pledge to spare time for maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings.
According to the state minister for Information Technology and Rural Development, Nara Lokesh, in last three years, toilets in the state have increased from 30 per cent to 60 per cent.