clean India green India – Swachh Bharat mission
clean India green India – Swachh Bharat mission is a good idea
Swachh Bharat mission is a good idea. But often it becomes farcical because of poor implementation
as happened this morning at Bandra fort in Mumbai with a senior bureaucrat from
Delhi gracing the occasion, as they say.
I saw the farce for almost two hours. When I reached for a normal walk by 7.30 a.m. a lot of fall,
athletic men wearing Swachh Bharat white T shirts were furiously sweeping the area. Later,
one realised they were drafted from the central reserve police force. Then came hundreds
of college students from NSS national service scheme in batches and were assigned different areas for cleaning.
Am a regular visitor here and I have always found the area clean. But today a lot of garbage
was seen even after the cleaning by the CRPF men. Someone had dumped it at a spot very close
to the function before it began and it remained there till the end.. One wonders where they found
so much garbage. Ironically, it was all dumped into a barrel and much garbage lay on the ground.
And this was all a few feet from the function. No one bothered. Normally the barrel and garbage
are never there in the middle of the fort . The area is invariably clean.
The problem is these worthies, IAS and other functionaries, are always surrounded by lackeys and
other types, so perhaps that is why the secretary of youth affairs from the central ministry in Delhi
Usha Sharma failed to notice the mess when she came for the function or when she departed.
The bureaucrat clad in jeans and a white Swachh bharat T shirt administered an oath to the
jawans and students, boys and girls from various colleges like National, Hinduja, Guru Nanak,
Lala Lajpatrai, Thakur. They had all been standing for over an hour, either they were given the
wrong time or the bureaucrat came late in the official car with Bharat Sarkar written in front.
Perhaps there is some truth in reports that at such photo op spectacles kachra is deliberately
put on the road to enable the so called VIPs to wield the broom.
The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India,
Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides opportunity to the student youth of 11th & 12th
Class of schools at +2 Board level and student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate &
Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government
led community service activities & programs. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands
on experience to young students in delivering community service.
The trouble is the authorities have miserably failed to make this a people’s movement.
It has all been left to government departments and NGOs, some good but some clearly
bogus groups squeezing grants from the corrupt government machinery. Today’s
remained essentially a bureaucratic exercise.
Little is being done in terms of prevention. Much of the garbage generation is built into the system.
The Namkeen kurkure industry selling cheap stuff in plastic is partly the culprit along with careless
users and utter lack of education about cleanliness . The railways are among the biggest culprits.
There is no education of rail travelers who merrily throw eatables and plastic thalis
out of the window spreading garbage all over the country.
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