NO COSMETIC PARTICIPATION

While the Centre is working overtime to construct toilets across the country to make the nation open defecation free with many states having been declared to have achieved the target, the situation on ground is contrary. This is evident from the fact that though J&K was declared as having achieved the target of ending open defecation this year , yet travelling by a train during morning and evenings presents an opposite picture on ground visible along the route. In this regard it is pertinent to mention here that even a Parliamentary Committee report had clearly stated that it is unlikely to make India open-defecation free citing the reason that even a village with 100 per cent household toilets cannot be declared open defecation-free till all the inhabitants start using them and that in its obsession to construct toilets, the Centre has literally forgotten to spend the money earmarked to promote the use of toilets, a concern raised in the State of India’s Environment in Figure: 2018. It needs to be realized that even after the government’s full efforts, not much substantial can be achieved unless the people bring a change in their attitude towards life and society. Since India has been a land of saints and sages where strict adherence to the moral values was the characteristic feature of its Civilization as a result of which it had touched the pinnacle of glory in the past. Today there is a dire need to conduct introspection at individual level, replace cosmetic participation with meaningful participation in order to ensure that we are able to achieve optimum results from the schemes and projects launched in India. There undoubtedly has to be a proactive participation by each and every individual for which appropriate attitude and mentality needs to be adopted by one and all. While endorsing and appreciating the launching of any scheme including the most discussed ‘Clean India Movement’, there is a dire need to focus mainly on preparing the masses for the movement by educating them on adopting a positive and healthy attitude. It cannot be disputed that by simply adopting the requisite attitude based on moral values and rich ethos of the Indian Civilization when it was enjoying pristine glory, there would be no need for any special campaign for ensuring a Clean India. As of today the majority of Indians remain preoccupied with the procurement of square meal a day and generally they care very less about other issues. The attitude of the people is quite visible all around with people spitting where ever they want, walls at almost all the public places turned into canvas of different designs with the spats of Gutka and other such materials and similar being the fate of all other schemes, which is really a matter of great concern. In all the projects launched for the welfare of the World’s largest democracy it is the people who need to adopt a proactive attitude at individual level. So let every individual realize the urge to give up the habit of cosmetic participations once for all and rise to the occasion to become a proactive partner in making Swachh Bharat Abhiyan a great success.