On Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birthday last year, while half of the Indian population, was trying to clean the corruption in the offices, other half was busy cleaning the dirt off the street. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiated by our Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, begun on 2nd October 2014 with the Swachh Bharat Run.
If you are not aware of all that has happened since that day until now, take a look at these 10 things that changed the face of this drive:
- This national campaign which aims to cover around 4041 statutory towns, is expected to cost over Rs. 62000 crore.
- With more than 3 million students and government employees, it has become the biggest cleanliness drive in the history of India.
- Post declaration of this drive, statistics show that Mysore is now the cleanest city in India, Bengaluru is the cleanest Indian capital while Patna is the least.
- The Indo Nepal Doctors Association has also taken inspiration from the Prime Minister of India and has launched Swachh Bharat Nepal – Swasth Bharat Nepal Abhiyan at the Indo-Nepali border region.
- Swachh Bharat Abhiyan primarily includes good sanitation facilities, which is why between April 2014 and January 2015, 31.83 lakh toilets were built all over India.
- Not everyone thinks that this is a new program. Launched in 1986 as the Central Rural Sanitation Program, the scheme later became the Total Sanitation Campaign (1999) and Nirmal Bharat Abhyan (2012), some regard it as merely a renaming.
- The government aims to have a 100% open defecation free India by 2019.
- As per the figures given by World Health Organization, an average Indian loses Rs. 6500 due to loss of hygiene and proper sanitation.
- According to Ministry of Human Resource Development data, close to 10 per cent of the 11 lakh schools in India do not have toilet for girls – 101,443 schools, to be precise. As a consequence, girls leave school at an earlier age than their male contemporaries.
- Cleaning Industry found a growth of 40% after PM Modi’s declaration of the Abhiyan.
None of this is of any importance if you don’t feel the urge to have a clean surrounding. Because after all ‘Charity begins at home’. So, grab a broom and a cleaning cloth and start cleaning! We have already dreamt of a clean and a beautiful India, it is time to execute the necessary steps and make that happen!