Swachch Bhaarat is a
five-year campaign of Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi on 2nd October,
2014. Mr. Modi himself had cleaned a road in Delhi to initiate the
campaign in style. Modi talked of its importance in
many speeches. Gandhiji wished that Indians learn hygiene and
practice it. So Modi started it to realize Gandhiji's dream. A year has passed with officials expressing satisfaction over the progress as per plans. It is like a social welfare scheme at the national level with priority.
Aim of the Abhiyaan is to give every person access to
1. Sanitation facilities (including
toilets), solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village
2. Safe and adequate drinking water supply.
On many weekends people and celebrities spent their time to clear neigbourhoods in their towns and cities. Swachch Bharat mission was to take
up 4,000 towns for 5 years spending Rs 62,000 Crore.
Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan mission works in the rural areas for Drinking
Water and Sanitation. They will make many household
toilets and public toilets. They will manage the municipal waste
We are to commit to "We don't pollute or litter, nor
we will allow anyone to litter". It needs just about 2 hours
a week for each person. For making India clean, garbage bins were
being donated for putting them at every street corner.
Schools and children:
Schools too took part in this. Government of India
issued orders to the Boards of Education. The boards in turn had advised the affiliated schools. Toilets are be built in about 25,000 schools. Schools need
to keep their campuses clean and not litter around. There are reports that many toilets have been built. Many children cleared their own campuses of garbage.
Children will become used to working with clean environment.
They are also educated regarding the various aspects of health and
impacts of dirt and garbage on health. Many competitions on the program,
like painting, debate, slogan writing, and essay writing were being conducted.
I am sure that every student is now aware of the mission and their role in the mission.
Progress and publicity:
Now and then the media shows video clips and
news on the subject of Swachch Bharat. The target for the completion of mission
is the year 2019. Many celebrities have been invited by the PM for publicity of SBA.
TV, newspapers and radio have spread awareness. Many celebrities are officially selected as brand ambassadors. A
lot of money has been allocated in the new budget of 2015 for this program.
Tax concessions are also given for people's contributions to SBA.
Some state governments, for example AP and Telangana, have started local Swach programs. Also, police have made
some prisoners in jails to clean roads and some public areas during the month
of May. Many officials have cleaned up their office
surroundings and their residential complexes of the dirt on some week ends.
We have to keep our tables,
rooms, houses, schools and surroundings clean. If possible, we
participate in the programs organized nearby. That is all needed by SBA. We do it and others will follow it. Many leaders, ministers, officers, doctors have organized cleaning
programs in their villages or residential areas or working areas. Uncleanliness and hazards have been understood by the public.
After about 12 months of its beginning, I hope that Swach Bhaarat
mission is successfully progressing and has not lost its initial momentum. I would not wish to see any reports of misuse,
corruption, don’t-care attitude and negligence in this mission. Would you either?