Towards a Cleaner India

"Sweep" Towards a Cleaner "Swachh" India

India progressing from dirty to swachh country


India remains “dirtiest and filthiest” country in the world, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said.

Are you also fed up of hearing India as the dirtiest country in the world?

Every now and then, every second day, I get messages trying to prove that India is very dirty. The messages show the roads, colonies, and cities of other developed countries, and most of these appear to discourage towards doing our bit in making India a better, better and better country.

Dirty Country India with development in background

Analysis why India is “dirty”

Well, please do not declare India as dirtiest without proper analysis. India has witnessed rapid growth both in terms of development and population. We must not forget India is a country which has just 4% of the world’s land and is housing more than 17% of the world population as well as 25% cattle.

Now coming to point, consider population is growing at ‘x’ percent every year. Due to rapid urbanization, more people from villages are coming to cities at ‘y’ rate. Any mathematics student can show the overall population growth rate for that city would not be (x+y), but it would be ((x+y+(0.01*xy)), as you know both x and y are significantly large in magnitude.

The problem became further more serious due to shifting in consumption pattern. For example, you might have read that in the year 2000 if a man used a shirt 100 times before discarding it, now the shirt is worn on an average 64 times before discarding. This clearly indicates an ever-increasing generation of municipal solid waste.

Obviously, for any municipal board (or committee or whatever you name it), the first concern should have been to provide adequate housing accommodation, civic facilities like educational institutions, hospitals, markets, etc. in addition to roads, flyovers, railways, metros, etc. In fact, they had been doing their jobs with sufficient speed and have delivered but their pace has been fast offset by the exponential growth in population. Past few decades, India had been struggling with these big tasks of infrastructure development; as immediately after independence, we needed to develop at a fast pace.

Reduce-Reuse-RecycleSo, during those times, the easiest way to throw garbage out of the city was followed, but during the recent past, this option got virtually exhausted. All the concerned agencies have now geared up to get rid of this garbage through 3Rs- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

India is a country that loves to accept big challenges and has a proven track record of exceptional performance during the past also. I am sure that NGOs, Government, and private organizations, municipalities/civil bodies are working hard to achieve “swachh bharat” goals and very soon the world would praise India in its cleanliness and sanitation.

“A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019,” said Shri Narendra Modi on the launch of “Swachh Bharat Mission” in New Delhi.

All the best India, all the best to all of us.

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