Swach Bharat Campaign is only in advertisements. Do you agree?
Do you think the publicity campaign for the Swach Bharat scheme is a total waste of expenditure? Give suggestions for other means to ensure cleanliness is taken up at the ground level by the citizens.
Swach Bharat campaign is an extension of Nirmal Bharat Campaign of the previous govt. The media hype and propaganda of this campaign has gone to that level that we forget the stinking lanes and by-lanes of our cities. We are lost in the imagination of clean and green avenues. This is a pet project of the PM.
I did not find much of progress in the cleanliness of the country. Only we are seeing leaders from the PM to corporators are busy in photo- sessions with brooms and other cleaning accessories. So many conferences and meetings are being arranged on the subject. People attending these ceremonies are eating and throwing the disposables on roads as it was. Trains toilets are as it were. There are no toilets in govt. schools especially for girls. There is no central policy for waste management in the country. We are seeing people agitating against the dumping yards in the big cities let aside the small cities and towns. Sewage workers are dying. They are dying owing to non-availability of safety equipments. There has been no concrete policy for the workers in this area.
By 2019, the government plans to spend Rs. 2 lakh crore on this compaign. One RTI reveals that nearly 100 crores have been spent on print radio and television advertisements. Leave aside the expenditure on posters and other advertising materials. This figure does not include the expenditures by state govts on advertisement of this project. The advertisements are featuring the PM. I have seen heaps of garbage on the posters of Swach Bharat Compaign. According to Gandhiji, the cleanliness campaign is a campaign of participation of people of all walks done on Shram Dan.
To my mind, this seems to be part of popularising the PM by reckless expenditure on such advertisements on the expense of hard money of the tax payer. This is a sheer waste of govt. money for political advantage. Please opine.