Highlights Of 12-Hour #Mere10Guz Banega Swachh India Cleanathon

Highlights Of 12-Hour #Mere10Guz Banega Swachh India Cleanathon

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The 12-hour long NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India cleanathon ended with the national anthem being performed by a group of differently abled kids, as brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan took centre stage to end the event with a salute.
Oct 02, 2017

Wrapping up the 12-hour Banega Swachh India cleanathon, brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan says that despite differences, there was unity in what people said about cleanliness. We must introspect why the voices are not reaching the millions of people out there. We should work every day towards cleanliness and how much of the efforts are getting implemented, should also be looked into. We need millions of people who should think together. We must get together and think alike and inevitably become a better and cleaner nation. Mr Bachchan also thanked the volunteers participating in the cleanliness activities across the country during the cleanathon.
Oct 02, 2017

Alia Bhatt says that awareness only way through which one realises what needs to be done for a cleaner India.
Oct 02, 2017
Manual scavenging should be made the number one focus for the next one year, says Nitish Kapoor of RB, in the final few minutes of the cleanathon. Alia Bhatt says that we should create more awareness and adopt #Mere10Guz with further seriousness. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says that we must be responsible for ourselves and pay our debt to the society.
Oct 02, 2017
Zarina Srewvala, Managing Trustee, Swades Foundation says that they have built more than 17,000 toilets across several gram panchayats. Their WASH programmes across 300 schools have seen students generate awareness on toilets among parents and elders as well.
Oct 02, 2017

Alia Bhatt says that awareness is the only to realise that something more needs to be done for change to take place. There are innumerable reasons why there is need to contribute to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Even taking on an area on a monthly or quarterly basis can make a difference. Amitabh Bachchan says that youngsters who look up to people like Alia Bhatt can do a lot to ensure that change in cleanliness scenarios actually take place. 
Oct 02, 2017

Alia Bhatt joins the panel at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon.
Oct 02, 2017
Jaggi Vasudev: All the policies concerning our rivers was about how to share the waters. Now we are talking about how to revitalise our rivers. Ganga accounts for 33% of India's agriculture but in the last few years 94% of forest cover near the Ganga basin has been removed. Forest based agriculture more viable option for farmers residing near the Ganga basin and they need not give up their land. It is an economic module with an ecological impact.

Oct 02, 2017

Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation joins the Banega Swachh India cleanathon panel. Sadhguru Vasudev says that India's rivers are forest fed as substantial vegetation and bio-activity a must. Unless there are forests, redeeming India's rivers are not possible and the cycle of drought are caused due to lack of vegetation in river banks. The Rally for Rivers Campaign aims to improve the status of rivers and thereby improve the income of farmers by six to eight times within six to seven years.
Oct 02, 2017

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says that when he visited Sabarmati, he thought of Gandhi and how Gandhi was the architect of freedom in India. But apart from that, Gandhi was also highly interested in sanitation and the work he did on toilets was incredible. Along with the NGO Yuva, which has 1,50,000 volunteers, Mr Mehra has adopted 601 schools and slums with nearly 10,000 toilets built in total and maintenance infrastructure for two years. In the sites Mr Mehra's NGO has worked, there has been an 86 per cent rise in girls coming back to schools where toilets have been installed.

Also Read: Rang De Basanti Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Builds 800 Toilets Across India
Oct 02, 2017

Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Afroz Shah, the architect behind the Versova beach cleanup join the Banega Swachh India cleanathon panel. Mr Mehra says that he has already built 601 toilets. Afroz Shah says that criticisms should be directed at self. Amitabh Bachchan, says how Afroz Shah requested for an excavator from him and was presented with an excavatator, a tractor and a trailor to aid him in his garbage collection process.  

Also Read: 100 Weeks Of Versova Beach Cleanup, Afroz Shah And Team Gear Up To Mark The Landmark Of World's Biggest And Longest Beach Cleanup

Oct 02, 2017

Singer Anwesha Dutta Gupta lights up the cleanathon stage on the occassion of Gandhi Jayanti with her rendition of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajan, Vaishnava Jan To.
Oct 02, 2017

Jaya Bachchan, Member of Parliament says that people have become insensitive towards the issue of manual scavenging and despite talking of technological achievements, we have been unable to provide safety equipment to people employed in cleaning sewers.
Oct 02, 2017
Mr Wilson says that modernisation of sewage system a must to eradicate manual scavenging. The 2013 Act on Manual Scavenging clearly states that anyone employing manual scavengers should be imprisoned for a year. Construction of toilets not enough as dry toilets still exist. Sewage treatment plants are a must to treat sewage via mechanisation and so that manual scavengers are not employed. 1.6 lakh women still clean human excreta and 117 people have already died in 2017 and unless these problems are solved, there is no point in celebrating the success of Swachh Bharat.
Oct 02, 2017

Magsaysay Award winner and founder of Safai Karmachari Andolan Bezwada Wilson, says that the government policy is the reason behind the deaths of manual scavengers. 1,470 deaths happened in India since the Supreme Court judgment on manual scavenging. He says that police stations, court and political will have repeatedly not shown any interest in eradicating manual scavenging.
Oct 02, 2017

Naresh and Rakesh, manual scavengers talk about the discrimination and pressure they face due to their profession. Rakesh says that on August 6, three of his relatives went into sewers filled toxic gas and died. He talks about the harassment he faced after the incident and because of speaking up, has not been given work for the past two months.

Also Read: Delhi Records 7 Deaths In Past One Month Due To Sewer Cleaning Activity, Is Manual Scavenging Privately Thriving In India?

Oct 02, 2017

Jaya Bachchan talks about the issue of manual scavenging and says that despite raising the question on manual scavenging on several high platforms, no significant progress could be achieved. Sensitive and conscious people have raised the question on manual scavenging. Talking about contractors who employ manual scavengers, Mrs Bachchan says that justice must be swift and fast in courts.
Oct 02, 2017

Jaya Bachchan, Member of Parliament, joins the panel at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2017

Professor Rajagopalan Vasudevan says that he needs 100 lakh tonnes of plastic to construct pavements across highways across India.
Oct 02, 2017

Raveena Tandon says that somewhere we have to make people realise that there are alternatives available which should be used. She also urged people to opt for eco-friendly festivals to make festivals more enjoyable without harming the environment. Awareness among people of utmost importance as only that can translate to action, says the actress.
Oct 02, 2017

Actress Dia Mirza talks about her initiative to make Linking Road plastic free. Along with several volunteers, the actress has been instrumental in collecting plastic garbage. She also said that to achieve the idea of Swachh Bharat, a comprehensive waste management model is needed where usage of plastic is discouraged, or can be used for initiatives like building roads.

Also Read: Dia Mirza Sets An Example As A Swachh Ambassador, Makes Her Society Zero Waste
Oct 02, 2017

India's plastic man Professor Rajagopalan Vasudevan joins the cleanathon. Prof. Vasudevan firmly believes that one person's waste is another person's treasure. The Madurai resident has built roads using plastics instead of dumping them into garbage. His technology has been used across 15 districts all over India.

Also Read: 'One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure': Meet India's 'Plastic Man'
Oct 02, 2017

Tony Ribbink, CEO and Founding Trustee of Sustainable Seas Trust joins the cleanathon to talk about pollution in the oceans. 3 tonnes of fish are caught in the sea every day and continuing plastic pollution could result in more plastic in oceans than fish by 2050. Mr Ribbink says that the most obvious solution is to stop the plastic from entering the sea. Governments, municipalities and schools have a huge role to play to ensure that plastic does not go into the river. Plastics from ships must also be stopped from entering the oceans.

Also Read: A Reminder That Oceans Need Our Attention
Oct 02, 2017
On pollution in Ganga, Amitabh Bachchan says that cities on the banks of the river Ganga with schools should inculcate among students the habit to engage in Ganga cleanup activities.
Oct 02, 2017

Over 20,000 crores has been spent on cleaning several of India's rivers but to no avail. 7,000 million litres of untreated sewage every day is disposed in the Ganga. The pathetic state of all of India's rivers is a cause of concern as almost all of India's major rivers. The Ganga and Yamuna remain two of the world's dirtiest rivers and despite several conservation efforts, the status of these two rivers has kept deteriorating.
Oct 02, 2017
18-year-old Bilal Ahmad Dar, the brand ambassador for the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, says that the Wular lake, which he has been cleaning since 2007 is highly polluted. Bilal says that encouragement from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has further encouraged him to continue with his Swachhta initiative.

Oct 02, 2017
Srishti Bakshi, Founder, CrossBow says that she has covered a distance of more than 3,000 kilometres to empower women in each and every household and ultimately eradicate open defecation in India. She has collected 66 lakh steps and aims to collect a billion steps and conducts workshops which give out the messages of health and sanitation through digital and financial literacy.
Oct 02, 2017
The Juhu Walkers Group says that the Juhu beach in Mumbai is 80 per cent clean. The group has created a WhatsApp group where the local MLA and corporator have also been added and regular monitoring ensures that the beach remains clean. The group has also been instrumental in saving marine life and often returns marine fauna back to the sea. 6 lakh idols for Ganesh Chaturthi were made this year in Pune of which 5 lakh made of plaster of Paris, which does not dilute and is a potential pollutant. The group requested brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan to request people to adopt eco-friendly idols in larger numbers from next year onwards.
Oct 02, 2017

Problem of drinking water a collective problem, says Amitabh Bachchan. John Abraham says that consideration for society a must as it is our collective responsibility to make the environment a better one.
Oct 02, 2017

John Abraham joins the cleanathon and talks about his upcoming movie Parmanu, which is about India's nuclear tests conducted in 1998, and how nuclear energy could be used to better the energy situation in the county as nuclear energy is a zero gas emission energy.
Oct 02, 2017

Prerna Arora, co-founder of KriArj Entertainment says how happy she is about the response to Toilet - Ek Prem Katha and stresses on the importance of films which talk about the social problems on the country.
Oct 02, 2017

In Allahabad, sand and wall art is being used by Allahabad University students to create awareness about the Swachhata Hi Seva campaign.
Oct 02, 2017

Shaan comes back on stage at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon to sing one of his popular chartbusters and receives immense praise from Amitabh Bachchan.
Oct 02, 2017

Kailash Kher is back at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon to mesmerise with his powerful vocals. He too sings a rendition of the popular bhajan Vaishnav Jan To and a line from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan theme song.
Oct 02, 2017
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh says that Punjab's colleges and universities were working hard to find solution to the crop burning problem. The issue is economic in nature and poor farmers who are already in debt are not worried about finding alternatives to stubble burning. The CM also said that Punjab will become open defecation free by December 2017 as the state is building both toilets and bathrooms, and giving Rs 15,000 as subsidy to households.

Oct 02, 2017

Afroz Shah, one of the architects of Versova beach cleanup, says that his complaint on Versova was to himself and he had taken it upon himself to clean the beach. In the last two years, Mr Shah and his team of volunteers have managed to pluck out 7,800 tonnes of garbage from the beach premises. The United Nations has termed Mr Shah's initiative as the biggest beach cleanup in history, says Mr Shah.

Also Read: 100 Weeks Of Versova Beach Cleanup, Afroz Shah And Team Gear Up To Mark The Landmark Of World's Biggest And Longest Beach Cleanup

Oct 02, 2017
Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, co-founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance says that sanitation and meditation go hand-in-hand and that the world is one big family where cleanliness is of high importance.
Oct 02, 2017

Apurva Bhandari, founder of Sankalptaru, an environmental organisation which plants trees, talks about his plans to plant over a lakh trees across the Ganga basin to check pollution in the river.
Oct 02, 2017

Punjab aims to go open defecation free by the end of December 2017 and already 12 districts of the state's 22 districts have been declared open defecation free.
Oct 02, 2017

Actor and television anchor Meiyang Chang lend his hand in cleaning up of the Versova beach during the Banega Swachh India cleanathon.
Oct 02, 2017
Singer Jasbir Jassi talks about cleanliness at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon, saying how his mother was thrice awarded for cleaning drains in the society. The singer also stresses on the importance of motivating people to ensure that they keep their surroundings clean.
Oct 02, 2017

Musician Shankar Mahadevan showcased a music video, the theme of which was Swachhta, and also stressed on empowering students via music to create social awareness
Oct 02, 2017
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu expresses his happiness to be associated with the Swachhta programme. Mr Naidu confirms that urban Andhra Pradesh is already open defecation free, the same will be attained for rural Andhra Pradesh by March 2018, along with the construction of 22 lakh toilets.

Oct 02, 2017
Singer Shaan gives a special message on the importance of implementing #Mere10Guz, urging fans to keep surrounding spaces clean to make a difference.


Oct 02, 2017

Meeting air quality guidelines is highly important, but severe air pollution, both indoors and outdoors have resulted in severe crisis, and even death in several cases.
Oct 02, 2017
A soulful poem on cleanliness by a Sherwood School student left campaign ambassador Amitabh Bachchan mighty impressed!

Oct 02, 2017

Singer Shaan graces the Banega Swachh India cleanathon stage with his rendition of the popular bhajan, Vaishnava Jana To.
Oct 02, 2017

Globally, the numbers for air pollution are even more dangerous. 6.5 million annual deaths are estimated to be caused by air pollution.
Oct 02, 2017

More than a million people die every year in India due to air pollution, signalling a stark crisis.
Oct 02, 2017

The Bengaluru based folk/fusion band Swarathma are making their presence felt at the Banega Swachh India cleanathon. Performing in Uthrali, the band is accompanied by a group of volunteers engaged in wall painting which spells out the message of being the change.
Oct 02, 2017
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3 Comments

  1. There is a need to first clean their minds and souls respectively. To hell with this fake swachh Bharat mission. This mission ended before it started. I am not talking about other states but will only talk about UP and Gujarat. See the filth, garbage, open seepage. See the Ganga, the gau matas which are increasing the filth. All over the country the epidemic is on rise, people, especially kids are severely affected by dengue, malaria, and other types of diseases because of the filth all around.
    It will be better if these khakhi chaddis first clean their minds, hearts and souls before taking up swatch bharat.

  2. Harbinger Singh Gill

    Vow to keep our surroundings clean and litter free should be included in daily prayers that are conducted in educational, religious and other commercial institutions.

  3. Hon. Prof Rajagopalan Vasudevan your invention of plastic on the road is fantastic. One question platic when heated especially polyethylene it its disintegrate and the compound I read it is concinogen.
    Hope your method would not effect such catastroph. God Bless You !

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