Ideas can change the world[This entry wins a consolation prize of Rs.100/- for the photo story contest.]
Nitin was a newly recruited IAS officer. As his first posting, he was posted to Pithoragarh, a small and quiet city in Uttarakhand known for its greenery, beautiful mountains and tourism. On starting his tenure, Nitin started looking at the previous reports of the city and the various changes that has taken place. He was astonished by looking at the increase in pollution level over the years. It was heart breaking for him to see a beautiful city falling prey to pollution; he decided to investigate the cause. He looked at the traffic reports and found that the number of private vehicles had increase manifold over the years; people preferred private transport over public ones. He talked to other educated people of the city and realized that even to travel a small distance people were using vehicles. He made it his first priority to educate the people about the damage they were causing to the environment. He made a team of influential people of the city and with their help started a campaign. He organized various rallies and traveled everywhere using a bicycle. There he made people aware about the benefits of bicycle over other modes of transport. He told them that using bicycle, they will help to keep this city clean and beautiful; also by using bicycle they will be able to stay fit and healthy. He organized a cycle marathon for all school kids. He cycled along with the kids in the marathon spreading awareness. He talked with the higher authorities and was able to get a fund which provided free bicycles to all the children of the city. All people of the city were highly influenced by this movement. They were motivated on seeing an officer travel by bicycle leaving the luxury of his car. They thought if an outsider can do this much for their city, why can't they. More people started using bicycle for short distances and public transport for longer ones. Within a span of few months, the results were clear. In the next pollution report, the pollution level decreased drastically. The word of Nitin's success spread like a wildfire and everyone was talking about the idea of this young leader. Very soon, the higher authorities instructed all the responsible bodies to spread this awareness among their cities as well and gradually this small movement spread all across the country. Nitin was pleasantly surprised by seeing the effect of a simple idea. He was deeply satisfied by the small contribution that he had made in the betterment of the world. With a tear in his eyes, he remembered the words of his father that "ideas can change the world".
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