A Report on Swach Bharat - Clean India campaign - after 5 weeks of starting.
It is initiated to make true the dream of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji gave importance cleanliness and hygiene. He wished that Indians learn hygiene and practice it. It is already more than a month old. Every Sunday many people and celebrities are spending some time to clear the towns and cities in their neighbourhoods.
Swachch Bhaarat is a program and campaign initiated by the Indian Prime Minister Sri
Narendra Modi on 2nd October, 2014. Mr. Modi himself had cleaned a road in
Delhi to initiate the campaign in style. It is expected to continue for 5 years. Modi conveys its importance in many speeches.
Swachch Bharat mission has two
components. The urban component will be for about 4,000 towns for 5 years.
Expected cost is Rs 62,000 crore. The center will assist with about Rs 15,000
crore. This part of the mission will work with the Ministry of urban
Bharat Abhiyaan (NBA) is restructured into Swachch Bharat mission for the rural
areas. The mission will work with the Ministry of Drinking Water and
Sanitation. These two
components will provide individual household toilets, community and public
toilets. They will manage the municipal solid waste too. The mission covers 1 crore households and a few lakhs of
We will commit to
"we don't pollute/litter, nor we will allow anyone to litter".
It is surprisingly as simple as 2 hours a week for each person. So
it is affordable. Most of the country is concurrently engaged on each
Sunday for this task.
For making India clean, garbage bins (waste boxes) are being donated for putting them at every street corner. Plans are initiated to build a number of
toilets in villages. Municipal and panchayats are taking it very seriously.
Schools too are taking part in this. Government of India issued orders to various Boards of education. Then the boards have advised to schools through district level administration.
The TV, newspapers
and radio are already spreading it. Many celebrities including film
stars have been invited by the government to take part in the campaign and
spread the awareness.
Children will become habituated 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 are being conducted. So awareness is growing.
Some voluntary organisations or some private persons
interested in taking the responsibility of clearing the garbage must be given a
chance. There are some practical projects to generate bio-gas, electricity, or
recycling materials from the waste.
Every Sunday we have the
media showing a lot of video clips and news on the subject of swachch Bharat.
The target for the completion of mission is the year 2019. Many more celebrities are being invited by he prime minister for the publicity of this program.
The union cabinet also approved setting up of a Clean Ganga
Fund. The fund will accept voluntary donations from citizens, NRIs and people
of Indian origin. The fund will be used towards conservation of
cleanliness, and sanctity of the river Ganga. A mission called Namami
Gange is being set up with an initial outlay of Rs 2,000 crores.
As time progresses, the enthusiasm is growing. Lakhs of government
employees and representatives of people have become part of the implementation.