On the evening of Wednesday 26th February 2014 Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the e-Nagar Project and Mahatma Gandhi Swachchata Abhiyan in Gandhinagar. Shri Modi spoke about the importance of hygiene and said that once hygiene becomes a part of our lives and our society than good health is automatically guaranteed. Shri Modi said, “In 2019 the nation will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. One thing that was very dear to Mahatma Gandhi was hygiene. Friends, is it a good thing that sanitation facilities are not up to the mark? No. Even the dignity of women is linked to this,” and called for initiating a mass movement towards hygiene. Modi ji said that to be the best tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

During his speech Shri Modi talked about the importance of technology and the role it can play in governance. On this issue he remarked, “Our dream is that of a Digital India and a Digital Gujarat is a start in this direction. And today is the first step- of making Ahmedabad a Wi-Fi city.” On the occasion, Shri Modi launched a series of pioneering projects in e-governance, which included the e-nagar web portal, e-Nagar mobile application, the e-ward initiated at Rajkot Municipal Corporation to ensure last-mile connectivity, the civic centre in Rajkot that enables online issuance of birth certificates with digital signatures for authentication. The e-Nagar approach focuses on developing smart and intelligent cities that put forth features of Geo-Spatial mapping , city civic centers, m-Governance, intelligent transit system with GPS, citizen service portal, self-help kiosk and call centres and wi-fi hotspots. Shri Modi also spoke to the people of Kankaria through Wi-Fi – a project that focuses on providing high-speed internet connectivity to the e-Nagars of Gujarat.

Shri Narendra Modi gave away the Nirmal Gram awards to the winning villages. He also gave away a grant towards ensuring cleanliness and sanitation facilities of cities in Gujarat. This is as a part of the campaign ‘Swachcha Gujarat, Swastha Gujarat’, initiated to ensure a clean Gujarat by the year 2019 when India will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi 150th birth anniversary.