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Mahatma Gandhi had rightly said, “Sanitation is more important than Independence”. He was aware of the pathetic situation of Indian rural people at that time and he dreamt of a clean India where he emphasised on cleanliness and sanitation as an integral part of living. Unfortunately, we have completed 67 years of independence and we have only about 30% of the rural households with access to toilets. President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to Parliament in June 2014, said, “For ensuring hygiene
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  Mahatma Gandhi had rightly said, “Sanitation is more important than Independence”. He was aware of the pathetic situation of Indian rural people at that time and he dreamt of a clean India where he emphasised on cleanliness and sanitation as an integral part of living. Unfortunately, we have completed 67 years of independence and we have only about 30% of the rural households with access to toilets. President Pranab Mukherjee in his address to Parliament in Ju ne 2014, said, “For ensuring hygiene, waste management and sanitation across the nation a “Swachh Bharat Mission” will be launched. This will be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary to be celebrated in the year 2019”.  The Narendra M odi Government will soon launch the “Swachh Bharat” movement to solve the sanitation problem in India, to solve the problem of waste management and make India a clean country, ensuring hygiene all across the country. Emphasising “Clean India” on August 15,  2014 in his Inpdependence day speech, the Prime Minister said that this movement is associated with the economic activity of the country. This mission for creating a clean India will be launched on October 2, 2014, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the target of completing the mission in 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation. The basic objective behind Swachh Bharat Mission is to create sanitation facilities for all and eliminate completely the unhealthy practice of responding to the nature’s call  in the open. It aims to provide every rural family with a toilet by 2019. First cleanliness drive starts on September 25  According to a statement by the PMO, all offices up to panchayat level will participate in a cleanliness drive that shall be carried out from September 25 till Diwali on October 23. As a part of the awareness campaign, the Delhi Government plans to cover more than 8 lakh ration card holders by sending sms to their mobile numbers. What is Modi’s opinion?  Modi has directly linked the Clean India movement with the economic activity of the nation. This mission, according to him, can contribute to GDP growth, provide a source of employment and reduce health costs, thereby connecting to an economic activity. Cleanliness is no doubt connected to the tourism and global interests of the country as a whole. India is already a known hub in the world tourist map. It is high time now that India’s top 50 tourist destinations display high class levels of hygiene and cleanliness so as to change the nation ’s global perception.  Clean India can bring in more tourists, thereby increasing the revenue. He has appealed to the people to devote 100 hours every year to cleanliness. Not only the sanitation programme, Modi also laid emphasis on solid waste management and waste water management. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation, said that solid and liquid waste management activities using scientifically proved advanced techniques will be launched in each gram panchayat. Narendra Modi has also directed that separate toilets for boys and girls should be provided in every school in the country by August 15, 2015. Objectives of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan  The details of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is under development presently. But the following principles will be included:    Construction of individual, cluster and community toilets.    To eliminate or reduce open defecation. Open defecation is one of the main causes of deaths of thousands of children each year.     Not only latrine construction, the Swachh Bharat Mission will also make an initiative of establishing an accountable mechanism of monitoring latrine use.    Public awareness will also be provided about the drawbacks of open defecation and promotion of latrine use.    Proper, dedicated ground staff will be recruited to bring about behavioural change and promotion of latrine use.    For proper sanitation use, the mission will aim at changing people’s attitudes, mindsets and behaviours.    To keep villages clean.    Solid and liquid waste management through gram panchayats.    To lay water pipelines in all villages, ensuring water supply to all households by 2019. Let’s make Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a success  The PM has rightly asserted that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should be a combined effort of both the Government as well as the people. We hope that the Swachh Bharat Mission does not become another Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan started by the previous Government in 1999 with the same mission but was not a success. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should not be a mere re-branding exercise. There is no doubt about the fact that change begins at home. Every citizen of the country should be clean and have hygiene and think of progress rather than waiting for the Government to make this plan successful. Let us also hope that we can change the minds of the people and focus on the real issues and not just constructing toilets. Let us all pledge to make this mission a success…   Swachh Bharat Mission‟ or „Clean India Campaign‟ is an expedition started by our PM Narendra Modi to fulfill one of the biggest dreams of Mahatma Gandhi a.k.a. “Bapu”, which sadly is unfulfilled even after 68 years of Independence. The mission starts with great intentions of presenting Clean India on 2-October-2019, 150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhiji. It states that cleanliness should begin from each home and individual and that everyone should take it as their bounden duty to keep the surroundings clean. I remember when I was in school; we did not have holidays on Gandhi Jayanti. Instead we used to go to our schools for a cleanliness drive wherein we were given a charge of cleaning our classrooms. With this mission, the act of cleanliness goes beyond just one day volunteering. There is no lack of vigor or initiatives taken by government at this point of time. The mission is built on a realization that cleaning is not just a responsibility of sweepers but it is something which should be done by each and every one of us, not just at our homes but for our Mother land as well.   Some of the most impressive and innovative steps taken to fulfill the mission which makes this campaign a lot more different than any other are  –   1. Modi asked people to take pictures of areas where they saw garbage, then clean the area and take pictures of the clean area. He asked people to upload these images on social media using MyGov, a mobile application.  –  Modi has very well tapped the popularity of Social Media. Uploading pictures and updates is trending these days. Social media has gained its popularity in almost all the sectors, be it politics, news, entertainment, networking or even corporate. It has become an inseparable part of peoples‟ life today and is now a very effective tool to drive an opinion and influence people. Then why not use it as medium to spread awareness, encourage people and set examples, people like you and me actively contributing to the cause. 2. NaMo has lived up to his image of connecting with the people just the right way. He has started his clean India movement on lines similar to the famous  „ALS Ice Bucket challenge‟.  He has invited nine people to post pictures of them cleaning and they will invite another nine people.  The people he has nominated include Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan, Yoga guru Ramdev baba and a team of Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah. He has very wisely picked up people from all walks of life. In fact he is the only leader in the nation to ever adopt such a strategy to support a social cause. 3. ‘ Na main gandagi karoonga,na main gandagi karne doonga  ‘ (I will not litter and will not allow anyone to do so)  A pledge taken to embark a journey towards a cleaner nation. It is for the first time that all employees from the level of peons to Secretary were called to the office on „Gandhi Jayanti‟, which is otherwise a government-declared holiday, to be part of the „Clean India‟ campaign and to collectively take a pledge. It is to be noted that participation just from the government is not enough, the mission can be fulfilled only when each one us   unite, support and work towards the common goal. Very well said, if you see something wrong happening but prefer to just ignore and walk over, you are no good either. We often see people spitting on the road but how many of us actually go and stop them? Handful of us! Your responsibility does not end with taking care on just your behalf; it is your country, take ownership of it. 4. Constructing proper washrooms in rural areas  .It is surprising that basic necessity such as proper sanitation is still not available in many parts of the country. According to World Bank, India‟s  shortage of toilets costs the country more han $50 billion a year, mostly through premature deaths and hygiene-related diseases. Moreover it stands as one of the key reasons for the girls in rural areas to not go to schools. Also it should be noted that there is connection between rapes and absence of toilet. A recent incident which took place on 27 May, 2014 when two teenage girls were gang-raped and murdered in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, sets as a strong example of this. The girls had gone out into a field that was used as a toilet area but never returned. Had there been proper sanitation facilities made in the village a situation like this would have never occurred. 5. Modi asked every Indian to devote about 100 hours a year, or two hours a week, to cleaning public places of litter.  This is what each one of us can easily contribute. 2 hours a week is not a very difficult task for anybody. Contact
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