SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a campaign initiated by the PM of India Sri Narendrabhai Modi on Gandhi Jayanti last year. The underlying reason for this campaign is to fulfil the vision of Mahatma Gandhi for a clean India. The PM wants India to be clean in every way – be it home, campus, streets and govt offices – not only from dirt but also from corruption. Mahatma Gandhi called upon the people to make India clean. But, unfortunately, India has remained filthy and uninhabitable even after 67 years of Independence. The PM urges people to materialize the dream of the Father of the Nation. He says : “Let us fulfil Mahatma Gandhi`s vision of Clean India – Swachh Bharat”. He also says : “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan should be approached with a bipartisan spirit of patriotism”. On Gandhi Jayanti, the PM took up a broom and initiated the campaign at Valmiki Basti. Then he made surprise visit to Mandir Marg Police Station at Delhi. Film actor Amir Khan joined the PM in his campaign at Rajpath. Modiji wants to involve the youth of the nation in this cleanliness drive. So he wants to use social media for awareness.
He has definite plans for sanitations at schools too. He says in one of his speech : “…all schools in the country should have toilets with separate toilets for girls. Only then our daughters will not be compelled to leave schools midway”. As a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the concept of “Swachh Vidyalaya” is also brought out. Swachh Vidyalaya is the national campaign driving ‘Clean India: Clean Schools’. A key feature of the campaign is to ensure that every school in India has a set of functioning and well maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Water, sanitation and hygiene in schools refers to a combination of technical and human development components that are necessary to produce a healthy school environment and to develop or support appropriate health and hygiene behaviors. The technical components include drinking water, hand washing, toilet and soap facilities in the school compound for use by children and teachers. It improves children’s health, school enrolment, attendance and retention and paves the way for new generation of healthy children.
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a welcome step indeed. It is said that cleanliness is godliness. For a healthy society we require healthy people. The habit of cleanliness will make a healthy nation.