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Choosing Oct 2nd would send out a wrong message about the motive of the government which may or may not be intentional. Instead of choosing one day as the cleansing day it should be a daily process.
The motive of the author is good!
Should cleanliness be maintained once a year? I think it would be better if the habit of cleanliness is instilled in everyone. It is a shame that we have to dedicate a day to cleanliness. It speaks of us as a society. We cannot keep our environment clean. We litter, everywhere. Cleanliness should not be a one-day affair. It should be practised every day, by everyone.
We, as a people have no qualms about throwing rubbish anywhere. How many of us carry our rubbish and throw it in a dustbin? The wheelie bins are always filthy and there is muck strewn all around it. People do not throw the garbage in the bin, but fling it towards the wheelie bins, from a distance. The stench is nauseating.
And I am not in favour of school children being made to clean filth. It is exposing them to disease.
People should be fined heavily for littering.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak" - Michael Garrett Marino
Instead of earmarking a day for this cleanliness drive, it is important to make the public aware of their duty. The "Swach Bharat" campaign gained a lot of popularity because of the propaganda machinery of the BJP. Such programmes are in existence by one name or other in all parts of the country before. Our Prime Minister is instrumental in gaining propaganda for this programme. If at all a day is to be assigned to this event, 17th. September, the birthday of our Prime Minister is more appropriate.
" Be Good and Do Good "
I feel our kids should be educated well about cleanliness and public manners. Atleast we will get to see a better earth through our next generation.
Like our fellow members said, cleansing program should not be restricted to one particular day, as a start it can begin with a day but later on the government should take initiative to make people indulge in such programs atleast twice a month.
"Do not give up, things might not favour you always"
I've tried to talk to people who litter in parks and found that the common answer is - What difference does it make? Is this your father's property? Who are you to ask?. It's embarrassing to say that as long as such people exist among us cleanliness is far off. These group of individuals needs a constant reminder with authority (litter patrols) and a small penalty to be implemented consistently so that people have to follow it even if they don't like it.
The other area where I find we can improve a lot is the city/municipal corporations enhancing manpower and infrastructure so that people feel comfortable to throw the garbage out rather than walking through stench and slime.
The central govt. sponsored Swach Bharat Campaign also proves the relevance of his philosophy. Every govt. did such types of campaigns in past also. They were less for awareness and more for political advantage. Swach Bharat Campaign is also becoming an advertisement campaign rather than an awareness program.
By erecting statues and giving holidays on Gandhi Jayanti, we are deifying him and slowly forgetting him. If in real sense we want to know about the Gandhi's philosophy of cleanliness, tolerance and true secularism, we have to devote some time to know these concepts. The relevance of these concept is increasing day by day seeing the present intolerance in the name of cow or food habits or caste or religion.
To my mind Gandhi Jayanti should be a working day especially in govt. schools where cleanliness is the biggest drawback. On this day the student should spend a considerable time to learn cleanliness and do cleaning of school ambience by Shram Dan as proposed by Gandhiji. For others in general, it would be a day for knowing about true religion and secularism.