Nagpur: Union Minister for Rural Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation Jairam Ramesh and actress Vidya Balan will launch the 'Nirmal Bharat Yatra' in Maharashtra on Wednesday.

The campaign will be launched from Sewagram Ashram in the neighbouring Wardha district where Maharashtra sanitation minister Laxmanrao Dhoble and other state officials would be present, an official release said here on Tuesday.

The yatra will cover about 2,000 kms across five states over 56 days and will target around nine crore people to spread the message of clean and hygienic sanitation, the release said.

It will conclude on November 19 at Bettiah district in Bihar.

Sikkim has already achieved the open defecation free status and other states like Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra are on their way to achieve the sanitation goal in the years to come, it added.

Vidya Balan is the brand ambassador of government's sanitation campaign.


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