2007 was celebrated as the ‘Nirmal Gujarat’ (Clean Gujarat) year.

These days, even people from villages have started travelling abroad.

Even those who have never gone out of the country have seen foreign lands on the television.

The first thing that strikes us when we visit foreign countries or see them on TV is that the cities and even villages there are spotlessly clean.

And, on the other hand, our villages are full of piles of garbage and dung. Who can bring a change in this situation? It has to be us.

If we resolve to do so, we can rid Gujarat of all its dirt in just one day. If the five crores denizens of Gujarat decide to keep it.

Clean, not even the dirtiest government can spoil it. To make a mark and compare ourselves with the world, we must emphasize on cleanliness first.

We must encourage ourselves to hate all that is dirty and unclean.

In this mammoth task, I need the help of the village sarpanches, district and taluka level leaders, officers, social and religious leaders and every citizen – man, woman, young, old. Only if everyone comes together in a collective effort, will Gujarat become “nirmal” and we can compare ourselves with the world.

It gives me great pain to say that even after 60 years of independence, and 50 years of the existence of Gujarat as a separate state, our mothers, sisters and daughters do not have proper toilets to relieve themselves. Ladies have to painfully wait till sunset to answer nature’s call.

This is a disgraceful situation. Why can’t we reduce the mental stress of our womenfolk by providing proper toilets for them?

We spend crores of rupees on building temples, but as Respected Shri Morari Bapu has said, “Toilets first, temples later.”

Let us take an initiative to keep our villages clean and provide these basic sanitation facilities to our mothers, sisters and daughters.

My government plans to give a unique gift to each village in 2007.

We are determined to take up this task, which even the village Sarpanches have not been able to accomplish.

I am ready to spend as many resources as required for the welfare of the villages.