Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is also called as the Clean India Mission or Clean India drive or Swachh Bharat Campaign. It is a national level campaign run by the Indian Government to cover all the backward statutory towns to make them clean. This campaign involves the construction of latrines, promoting sanitation programmes in the rural areas, cleaning streets, roads and changing the infrastructure of the country to lead the country ahead. This campaign was officially launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on 145th birth anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd of October in 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi exhorted people to fullfill Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of Clean India. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a massive movement that seeks to create a Clean India. Cleanliness was very close to Mahatma Gandhi’s heart. A clean India is the best tribute we can pay to Bapu.
To accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put focus on sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October, 2014. The Mission Coordinator shall be Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) with two Sub-Missions, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), which aims to achieve Swachh Bharat by 2019, as a fitting tribute to the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which in rural areas shall mean improving the levels of cleanliness in rural areas. Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu released the Swachh Survekshan 2017, an annual report that rates the cleanliness in municipalities of 500 cities and towns of India.
The 2017 report ranks Indore (M.P) as No.1 cleanest city in India with Bhopal (M.P) at No.2. The ignominy of being ranked the dirtiest went to Gonda (U.P) with the next dirtiest going to Bhusawal (Maharashtra).
It is a politics free campaign and inspired by the patriotism. It is launched as a responsibility of the each and every Indian citizen to make this country a Swachh country. This campaign has initiated people globally towards the cleanliness. Teachers and students of the school are joining this “Clean India Campaign” very actively with great fervour and joy.
Under this campaign, another cleanliness initiative has been started by the UP CM, Yogi Adityanath in March 2017. He has banned chewing paan, gutka and other tobacco products in the government offices all over UP. It is implemented to fulfill the vision and mission of clean India a day. It was launched especially on the birth anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi as he was dreamed and very keen to make this country a clean country. He had tried for clean India in his time by motivating people through his campaigns and slogans however could not be true because of the partial involvement of the people of India.
The aim of the mission is to cover all the rural and urban areas of the country to present this country as an ideal country before the world. The mission has targeted aims like eliminating the open defecation, converting insanitary toilets into pour flush toilets, eradicating manual scavenging, complete disposal and reuse of solid and liquid wastes, bringing behavioural changes to people and motivate health practices, spreading cleanliness awareness among people, strengthening the cleanliness systems in the urban and rural areas as well as creating user friendly environment for all private sectors interested for investing in India for cleanliness maintenance.
He also requested that every Indian should take this campaign as a challenge and try his/her best to make this campaign a successful campaign ever. The chain of nine people is like a branching of the tree. He requested common people to involve in this event and upload the video or images of cleanliness over internet on the various social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, etc so that other people may get promoted and motivated to do the same in their own area.
In this way India can be a clean country The father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi had said that, “Sanitation is more important than Independence” during his time before the independence of India. He was well aware of the bad and unclean situation of the India. He had emphasized the people of India a lot about the cleanliness and sanitation as well as its implementation in the daily lives. However, it was not so effective and failed because of the incomplete participation of people.
After many years of independence of India, a most effective campaign of cleanliness is launched to call people for their active participation and complete the mission of cleanliness. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a Clean India drive and Mission launched as a national campaign by the Indian Government in order to covering the 4041 statutory towns aiming maintained cleanliness of streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.
Finance Ministry of India has started a programme named Swachh Bharat cess. According to this, everyone has to pay .5% more service tax on all the services in India (50 paise per 100 rupees) which will go to this cleanliness campaign.
We can say swachh bharat abhiyan, a nice welcome step to the clean and green India till 2019. As we all heard about the most famous proverb that “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”, we can say surely that clean India campaign (swachh bharat abhiyan) will really bring godliness all over the country in few years if it is followed by the people of India in effective manner. So, the cleanliness activities to warm welcome the godliness have been started but do not need to be ended if we really want godliness in our lives forever. A healthy country and a healthy society need its citizens to be healthy and clean in every walk of life.