- Highlights: Banega Swachh India 12-Hour Cleanathon@5 With Amitabh Bachchan
Prakash Javdekar on Cleanathon: While in environment ministry, I came up with many waste management rules. By the time I joined the HRD ministry, the campaign had become a public movement, with schools participating and some 6000 colleges that have participated in the campaign. We have also started scholarship for colleges to work in the villages and spread the message of safe sanitation.
Narasimhan Eswar of RB: We have with the help of the Government of Maharashtra, we have set up Harpic World Toilet College. We recruit manual scavengers and we ask them to go through a three week course in which we teach them how to clean drains with the help of machines without getting inside the drains and in these three weeks they are also paid a stipend equivalent of the money they usually make. They are also given training on soft skills.
Parameswaran Iyer on Cleanathon: We just concluded Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation convention we had participation from 65 countries. The key lesson learnt from the campaign is the 4Ps- Public, Private, People Partnership. This campaign has become a jan andolan (People's movement) and is no more a sarkari (Government) initiative. Media has been playing a very important role in making swachh Bharat a people's movement. We are now focussing on ODF plus. We have made excellent progress and we will achieve the Prime Minister's deadline of October 2, 2019.
Aaditya Thackeray on Cleanathon: It is a habit for us to throw things around but fortunately we are now also inculcating the habit to start cleaning up. We are going around and cleaning the beaches. We are one of the few cities having marine assets. We have turtle and other marine creatures coming to the beach in our city. We need to preserve it.
I congratulate the Prime Minister for bringing cleanliness back to our lives. We should remember that to please the God we must be keep our environment clean. People who say that Swachh Bharat Mission is a great initiative but nothing is coming out of it, to those people I say, we should take individual responsibility to bring about change: Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Swami Chidanand Saraswati on Cleanthon: We will be asking all the dharm gurus during the Kumbh to organise inter faith programmes on sanitation and cleanliness. Given the state of the river, before we bathe in Ganga we must give bath to Ganga, do not throw waste in the river and if you find plastic in the water remove it.
We are now moving from swachhta to swasthya. Health is very important, especially for women and they are playing a very important role in Jharkhand's improved performance in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Like Rani Mistris who are trained in masonary work, which is traditionally a male domain and are leading the bulk of the toilet construction in the state: Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand
I think we will able to tackle stubble burning to some extent this year. We have got the money from Government of India which has been invested into machines for the farmers to cut the stubble into pieces and dispose it of in a more eco-friendly way, instead of burning it: Captain Amrinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister