It has been a little over one year since Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) on 2nd October 2014. This campaign aims to be run for 5 years till 2nd October 2019 and clean India by 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
To see how government is serious about this campaign, they are building public toilets across the country, nominating and involving celebrities and politicians to help create an awareness among general public. 12 Crore toilets will be built in next 5 years across the country. They have been successful in achieving this to a certain extent. However, much needs to be done still. Some have criticized this campaign as this was already existing from previous governments and known as -Nirmal Bharat campaign. But i wont comment on that as it is off topic.
In my view, it may take a few more generations to achieve its full objectives. But the way our PM has been working and taking a keen interest in this initiative himself is just very symbolic unlike his predecessors. Although this campaign has been run tirelessly by teachers of various schools and other public figures but we need to understand this. We cant achieve this without combined efforts of all. We as general public has to understand that although government makes laws and campaigns, but we ourselves also need to follow it. How many of us wait to find a dustbin to chuck rubbish instead of just throwing it on the roads ? We need to ask ourselves are we really doing it ? Forget about waiting to find a dustbin, we dont even stop at zebra crossing when pedestrians are crossing. It is pedestrians right to cross the zebra crossing and person riding the vehicle has to stop till all pedestrians cross it. But how many of us obey this law ?
Yes, it is very hard to manage many things when we are so large in numbers but we will have to help ourselves to achieve these things rather than blaming governments every now and then. First of all, as a law abiding citizens we need to make sure that we chuck the rubbish in appropriate dustbins placed by respective authorities. It will be unfair to criticize government when we ourselves dont abide by laws and rules. Authorities on other hand also need to make sure a public dustbin is placed at regular intervals in cities, towns and villages. They also need to make sure that proper arrangements are put in place to clean those dustbins regularly. This has to be implemented from very low level at Grampanchayats to Municipal Corporations. Councils needs to give dustbin removal facilities to the respective households weekly from their areas so that people dont throw liquid and other household waste on roads. This is when a sense of cleanliness will prevail in general public. Similarly, government authorities are building these toilets but it is us who need to understand that we need to use it and dont liter anywhere we like. Otherwise every effort will go in vain and a total waste of tax payers money.
Other most important thing we need to do to make happen this initiative work is to keep stray animals off the roads. We can definately make humans realize the importance of cleanliness but not stray animals. We need to keep Cows, Buffaloes, Bulls, Goats, Dogs, Pigs etc off our roads. And i really mean it. We dont touch Cows, Bulls as they have religious importace. Are we for real ? Living in 21st century among animals ? Stray dogs have been a big nuisance in our locality where i live. They bark and run behind two wheelers at night time and most importantly they are very large in numbers in a group. We would never achieve cleanliness unless we do this one thing to remove animals off our roads. Our government has to build proper veterinary centres where such animals can be looked and cared after. Such centres needs to be in every village, town and city. On other hand cowherds and others also need to understand that they cant set free cows on roads once it stops giving milk. This is a normal practise among people who owns these cattles and a very seriously neglected one. Government should also run a campaign where each person registers their pets, cattles with them and than other left stray animals can be put into veterinary centres to put them off the roads.
Hope to see this happening one day in our country. Lets take a pledge to make it happen and help government achieve this. It has been great beginning otherwise. It is easy for me to write on website but it has to be our collective effort to achieve this.
P.S. These are just my views and not to criticize Governemnt or other opposition political parties on what is being done and what needs to be done. No blame games.