Swachh Bharat Abhiyan fails to improve sanitation in Jammu

shubham sharma
[ May 07, 2017 ] Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-talked-about sanitation programme, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), is largely unimplemented in J&K, which is partly ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party. In J&K, 6,351 schools lack toilets for girls and 8,098 lack toilets for boys, according to data from the state’s Unified District Information System for Education.Sanitation in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is among the worst in India, with more than 54% of more than 1.2 million households without toilets. More than 71% of schools have no basins or taps to wash hands near toilets and urinals. Sanitation facilities in the state are very poor, and this is not only limited to villages. The situation is similar in cities and healthcare institutions as well. Even after several campaigns launched by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA), the city presents a “dirty look” as failure of the municipal bodies and poor civic sense among residents has turned the winter capital of J&K into a huge garbage dump. The hype and photo sessions during the campaigns launched by the Municipal Corporation have failed to make an impact on ground.The city already ranks 427th, lowest in India, when it comes to cleanliness, which exposes poor planning and lack of interest shown by the government bodies to coordinate their efforts to involve people in sanitation and take strict action against those who violate cleanliness rules.Jammu with an estimated population of 15 lakh people generates 400 tonnes of solid waste daily and half of it is not lifted due to manpower shortage and in the absence of suitable dumping ground. Further there is no regular removal of solid waste generated by eateries and restaurants spread across the city. The money spent by the MC on media advertisements should be better utilised to engage more safai karamcharies and equipment. There is a need to impose fine on the people who dump their waste on roadsides. Addressing press conferences and rallies is not a solution. Heaps of garbage, stagnant water and blocked drains in every part of the city tell a tale of neglect and indifferent attitude of the authorities and residents, who dump the waste on roads without giving any consideration to the affect on the image of the city. The city, spread in an area of 117 sq km, is comprised of 71 wards, managed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC). Heaps of garbage are everywhere in the city, especially the areas where Matadors, auto-rickshaws and private vehicles are parked.PM Narendra Modi urged local masses to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi`s dream of Clean India. He launched the Swachh Bharat Campaign at Rajpath in New Delhi. He called it as a paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi and former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri, on their birth anniversary. He urged people that it is the social responsibility of Indian citizens to accomplish Gandhiji`s vision of Clean India by year 2019. He even said that the vision can only come true only when 125 crore people of India work for it. Let us share our views on the matter. Will Swachh Bharat Campaign Succeed?Every task needs follow up and just one day working to fulfill the vision will not convert Swachh Bharat Campaign into reality. The celebrities will also come for one day to promote the cause and will get busy with their schedules in future. It is the same case with every person in India. The youngsters can only create hype on social media by sharing blogs, praising efforts of PM, and posting his pictures. No one will take a broom and actually become a part of the movement. In an economy where inflation is rising, growth is slowing, jobs are declining, and who has got the time to devote to such campaigns. More than the cleaning drive, it is the people"s attitude that needs a change. If we keep making our surroundings dirty, we can never make India clean. Situation in Jammu and Kashmir is getting worst day by day. Whole campaign becomes joke, everyone is campaigning only for photo session. Government of Jammu and Kashmir has spent and still spending a large amount on cleanness drives under swaach bharat abhiyaan but when the list of top cleanest cities in India was introduced , it was unfortunate that J&K couldn’t found the place in that list . Despite being heavy claims, government and implementing authorities are fooling the general public.When people went to religious places, they voluntary participated in cleanliness because they were giving their services to god, without looking their personal interests.Especially in Jammu garbage can be seen flying around. People just need to find an empty space and as soon as they find it, they start filling that space with garbage.Not to forget the people who chew paan and spit the ‘cud" wherever they feel like and make the surroundings intolerably dirty. Men feel free to urinate anywhere and it is a common sight in our beloved Jammu. We as citizens contribute in all these ways to keep our state dirty. The concept of the common public good is absent in the people"s consciousness.We should treat the roads, parks, bridges, rivers of our state or country as our property and should maintain them the way we keep our own homes clean. If we can keep our homes and surroundings clean, then we can keep our state or country clean too.Educational institutions can plays an important role in Swacch bharat abhiyaan. Some nodal officers andconvieners were appointed by the government in various educational institutional in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014, but they all were good for nothing.National Service Scheme in various educational institutions is doing tremendous job. National Service Scheme under the supervision and direction of Dr. Jegan Naathan, programme coordinator of National Service Scheme, Central University of, Jammu, conducted various awareness programmes and workshops. National Service Schemes of Central University of Jammu has been actually involved in various activities under Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan. Volunteers of NSS of central University Jammu also involved in a survey with the support of DC Samba Smt. Sheetal Nanda under open defecation free campaign.To ensure sustained participation of NSS and NCC in "Swacch Bharat Abhiyan" and Ganga rejuvenation, the University Grants Commission has asked universities to develop an institutional framework.In a letter to all Vice Chancellors, the UGC has also asked universities to make amendments in curriculum to provide credit to the student"s practical projects on recycling and reusing biodegradable waste.The UGC has also asked the universities to issue directions to educational institutions to recognise "Swacchata Diwas" on first working day of every week.