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Clean India Mission – Where do we actually stand?

One of the dream projects of our Pradhan Sevak, Mr. Narendra Damodar Modi, is “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” (Clean India Mission). Soon after being sworn as the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Modi launched the Clean India Mission. We should actually be thankful to our Pradhan Sevak for coming up with such a great initiative, but at the same time, we should also be ashamed of ourselves that even after so many years of independence, a person holding such a high post of a Prime Minister has to urge the citizens on basic human requirements like Cleanliness.

Cleanliness is indeed one of the basic requirements for living a healthy life. There is no argument that we should always keep our surroundings and our country clean. However, it seems as if hygiene is not at all our priority. Why else would we need others to remind us of simple things like keeping our surroundings clean? Aren’t we mature enough to know the importance of cleanliness? Or is it that we are so self-centered that what happens to others is not something we care about?

Well, to be very honest, we are least bothered about having a clean environment to live in. We are a pro in delivering lectures on keeping our environment clean, but in reality, we are the ones who throw our garbage in open, instead of properly disposing it off. We duly teach our kids to take care of their personal hygiene but we don’t find it necessary to set an example in front of them by keeping our surroundings clean. If this isn’t hypocrisy then what else is?

It won’t be wrong on my part to say that at the most what we care about is the cleanliness of our home, that’s it. Forget about the country, we can’t even keep our surroundings clean. And mind it; I am not making any loose comment. Anyone, who keeps their eyes and ears open, can vouch for it. Further, to back my comment, let me apprise you with the details of an official survey report in the following paragraph.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a survey including 108 countries and 4300 cities, during the period 2010 to 2016. Based on this survey, WHO issued the list of 15 most polluted cities of the world and it’s a matter of shame for India that out of 15 the first 14 most polluted cities of the world are from India, with Kanpur being right on the top of the list.” (Reference: An article published, on dated 03rd May 2018, in Rajasthan Patrika, the Daily Hindi Newspaper).

Wow! What an achievement, isn’t it? Well, don’t you think that we should actually pat our back for securing the topmost 14 positions, all by ourselves? On a serious note, I hope this information is more than enough to open our eyes and make us realize that where we actually stand in our Clean India Mission. As a matter of fact, we all are equally responsible for such a pathetic condition of pollution in our country. So, rather than playing a blame game, let us collectively take the onus of this alarming condition and work towards improving it.

Actually, one of the major reasons for our country being so polluted is improper disposal of garbage. If you look around, you will observe that the most practiced way to dispose of the garbage is to lit a matchstick and get rid of it. Who cares for the toxic gases getting released from burning the garbage? Above all, the irony is that people think that just by covering their nose and mouth they won’t get affected by those toxic gases.

For your kind information, anyone who burns the garbage or the residual of the agriculture produce is not only harming their own health or the health of every living being around them but also polluting the environment for the generations to come. So, before contaminating the environment, do keep it in mind that our future generations won’t ever forgive us for leaving a world, where it will actually be impossible for them to breathe in the fresh air.

Although, the Clean India Mission and the thought behind it are good but just like all the other initiatives of the Central Government this too failed drastically because of improper and unchecked implementation. The fact is that we actually stand way below the desired parameters of cleanliness. However, please be noted that the Government will still find ways to show their achievements in the Clean India Mission as well, just like they recently claimed that every village in India now has electricity.

Now, it’s a high time for all of us to stop looking towards the government for each and everything. Let’s first do our bit before pointing the finger towards others. Let Clean India Mission be our topmost priority. Let us all pledge to keep our surroundings and our country clean and take it as a challenge that the very next time any survey report comes on polluted villages/cities/countries, the name of India won’t get reflected in that list again. Deal?

Live in and leave behind a clean environment for the generations to come.

I do hope that may the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

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Take care. God Bless.

Peyush Jain