The Swachh Bharat mission, which turned one yesterday was one of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s big-ticket projects. With the pretension of ending open defecation by 2019, on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. One year back from now, cleanliness was an impractical subject. However, Narendra Modi gave it national impetus.
Although, the bureaucrats of Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation didn’t miss the boat, while posing pictures with brooms when the SBM was launched, they never turned up throwing the same enthusiasm while implementing the mission. It is clearly evident from the fact that, from being the pioneer in terms of sanitation, now Chandigarh has slipped to 21st rank.
Such acts indicate slackness on the part of the Municipal Corporation due to which the issue of sanitation has become so grave. According to a survey, more than half of the population is still practicing open defecation, putting them to the risk of diarrhea, malaria, hepatitis-A and typhoid. Whenever questioned on such matters, officials are caught as napping or playing the blame game.
Needless to say, all the cleanliness drives and rallies conducted, were nothing but merely a screenplay, with the intention of seeking acclamation.
While tinkering with the funds and city’s revitalization plans, Municipal Corporation needs to seek more than just technical expertise. It will require amendment of laws, better implementation and accountability from those who implement them. Otherwise, the return on investment will be as wretched as ever.
Apart from that, there is a need for creating awareness regarding the link between sanitation and health and the behavioral change of the citizens.
Just as Mahatma Gandhi ji said,
“Be the change, you wish to see in the world.”
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