Swachh Bharat (Clean India)

08 Aug 2014

It is heartening to see 33,000 plus people join the group ‘Clean India’ created on the My
Gov site MyGov.in. The pragmatic suggestions of the group members ensure that the vision of Hon’able Prime Minister to create a ‘Swachh Bharat’ by the time India marks the 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi will be a reality.

clean-india

The fast growing group in terms of members has come up with numerous ways to make India Clean. The group while hosting discussion on the following topic should issues of urban and rural cleanliness be tackled differently and can a single approach provide solutions to all problems related to cleanliness, suggests below mentioned worth implementing points:

  1. City to be planned with dust bins placed at good intervals. Have enough paid toilets and washrooms.
  2. Fine people who are caught littering and send repeat offenders to work at a social centre to give their free services.
  3. Reward those who keep their surroundings clean including industrial houses.
  4. Most waste found in rural area is biodegradable. This should be used to make compost. Urban areas should segregate dry and wet waste.
  5. Use celebrities and TV ads to educate people about cleanliness and encourage them to keep their surroundings clean.

To avoid manual scavenging the suggestions received were to pass a law. Also municipal corporations who practise it should be made aware of alternatives and fined heavily if found breaking the rule. The other suggestion was to go for competition for a green toilet. Many members suggested that many a times municipal corporations have machines to clean but they lie in neglect and manual scavenging continues. This as per the members should be stopped as soon as possible. Members also suggested construction of bio-toilets in rails and creating community toilets in villages. However, most suggested that the evil practice of manual scavenging can be only stopped by educating and inspiring people.

The suggestions received for how to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary with special focus on cleanliness received numerous comments like:

  1. Create city / district level waste recycling plants with incentives for providers and users.
  2. Use of incineration: A great way to convert waste to energy, reduces the junk volume of the waste and makes the environment clean.
  3. Ban organic waste going to landfills.
  4. Make commercial units including hospitals and hotels to create an exclusive system by themselves to hand over their waste directly to solid waste management units.
  5. Install more dust bin for non-bio degradable waste only. Make compulsory to hand over bio degradable waste to the collection agents only and ban public littering.
  6. Bring the latest technology in solid waste management. Involve school children and NGOs for awareness campaign.

The interesting tasks assigned to the members has received wonderful response from the members. The tasks assigned are:

  1. Identity 10 global best practices used by countries which have made a big difference in the lives of their citizens.
  2. Visit a mid-day meal kitchen and assess the cleanliness standards. Present a report on the scope of improvement on cleanliness there.
  3. Organise a cleanliness drive in your colony or locality.
  4. Share photographs of a particular area or locality, stressing on how they were before and how they are at present in terms of cleanliness.
  5. Identify 50 cities and 150 towns that can be used for pilot testing of solid waste management and waste water treatment initiatives and suggest ideas on how these initiatives cab be actuated on the ground.
  6. Suggest a PPP model that can be adopted to make our cities garbage free.
  7. Suggest a policy roadmap to construct and maintain proper toilet facilities in cities and villages for the poor.

The most happening section of the group is where the members put their comments after visiting schools and presented their reports on the hygiene standards maintained there for mid-day meals. Have a look at what two members experienced when they visited government schools:

  1. Visited one of the Government school in Baraut, Handia, Allahabad. When I entered in Kitchen of that school, I was totally shocked. Its condition was very poor. Even the women who works there, don’t wash the utensils properly. I don’t know how those student eat it? Its condition seems to be like a kitchen for dogs or some unhygienic animals. And the in charge of the Kitchen was Pradhan of that village. Now I can only pray for those small kids. May God bless them.
  2. I visited a mid-day meal kitchen in Virugambakkam Chennai. Very good standard are being maintained. Cleanliness is highly appreciable. Items are provided at low costs. Steam cooking is done here. Food items are good here. Purified drinking water is provided. I suggest this scheme can be made all over India.

You can join this Group, if you are signed in!!

Total Comments - 88

Leave a Reply

  • SUCHITRA RAGHAVACHARI - 8 years ago

    Sir, clean living = good living. Everyone should contribute towards making Swachch Bharat a reality. Small efforts like source segregation of waste, increasing greenery, making better use of public transport, forming and joining local environment protection / self help groups, safe disposal of waste & proper utilisation of water will have an impact in the long run. Group activity should be encouraged in all schools to instil the need for cleanliness at an early age.

  • Vikas Bhatt - 8 years ago

    Check out

    http://www.facebook.com/thedustbinchallenge

    Lets be the change to see the change

  • SHARAD DIXIT - 8 years ago

    under swachh bharat mssion funds were alloted FOR CONSTRUCTION OF TOILETS and a money laundering case has arose in SAGAR DISTT. IN M.P. of around 30 crores!! the SARPANCH AND THE SECRETARY HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY. WAT I THINK IS THE STUDENTS WHO ARE UNDERGOING THEIR HIGHER STUDIES IN POLYTECHNIC AND ALSO THE B.E. CIVIL ENGG. STUDENTS SHOULD BE LINKED WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF TOILETS UNDER SWACHH BHARAT MISSION IN THE TIME OF THEIR HOLIDAYS .

  • N Manjunatha - 8 years ago

    Sir,
    Pl add cashless one or two services of all 2 & 4 wheelers mandatorily in yearly vehicle insurance premium. It will value addition for our dirty and poor maintained safety vehicles on road. It also add value for used cars industry of our country. This also addition to swatchha bharath campaign. Thank you

  • Immanuel Dorai - 8 years ago

    Ever since PM has started on Swatch Bharath, to defame the effort even existing garbage collection big containers have been removed in our area ,so that people will throw the garbage all over the place and bring bad name to the movement.
    Area is a part of north Bangalore and you know who is ruling here.
    It is our mind set that needs to be cleaned.Shame on us and our elected representatives.
    PM should start visiting the places all over India or designate somebody to visit.

  • shubham argulwar - 8 years ago

    NO DUSTBIN IN THE RAILWAY.
    GOV. SHOULD KEEP THE DUSTBIN IN RAILWAY SO THAT PASSENGER WILL NOT THROW GARBAGE OUTSIDE.

  • Surendra Vijendrachar - 8 years ago

    Establish a Compost Corporation of India to professionally manage organic waste on a pan-India basis.Central Government,all Municipal bodies,Private entities can be stake holders.Objects can be:
    1) establish composting facility in Urban (ward-level)& rural(panchayat-level) in villages.
    2) impart training on a mass scale to youth so that composting can be managed professionally in apartments,corporates etc.
    3)Buy back compost & distribute to farmers.
    Detailed business modelling can be worked out

  • Gaurav Saxena - 8 years ago

    To make this effort a success, we have to first educate people, that has already being done, second is to have more and more dustbins placed in all corners of city, so that if you want to educate someone atleast you have a dustbin to show.

    • Immanuel Dorai - 8 years ago

      You said it rightly. Place dustbin according to the population size otherwise it will spill out. We can’t blame people if the local govt authority does not provide dustbin.

  • sivaranjani_3 - 8 years ago

    Respected sir,
    During Rainy season, Many house get filled with dirty water, overflow of water make situation very bad,over traffic because of improper Road maintenance. I would like to suggest an Idea wherein A proper flow path for rainy water should be constructed.Such that, Roads and house does get flooded.Accidents , different disease spread etc can be avoided. citizens can walk freely even after heavy rain. Hope my suggestion would be useful. Thank you sir.

  • SANKAR BALAGURUSAMY - 8 years ago

    most of the Indians are uneducated and lives in villages. They have no idea about importance of cleanness. If they came to cities for livelihood, continue their attitude.We can see peoples travelling in trains put garbage under the seats ,spitting through windows. If one person cleans his surroundings and ten persons put garbage in that place there is no use of cleanness. awareness should start from school.Local administration should not give permission for new building without toilet.