New Delhi: “India has more places worth visiting than any other country but Paris alone draws 10 times more tourists than entire India. You know why this is so? Because our tourist spots are not clean,” says Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar while addressing a programme organised by Sulabh International to award students for the work done in keeping their schools clean.
The Minister also added, the same Indian who would not litter the streets of Singapore would not think twice before throwing a banana peel or a chocolate wrapper on the roads here. Mr Javadekar also said it is parents who need to be more educated to shed the notion that only certain people should do the work of cleaning.
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As of today, about 4,50,000 toilets were built in government schools in one year under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Mr Javadekar said, more toilets means more girl students coming to the schools instead of dropping out, as was the case earlier.
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The Minister also praised Bindeshwar Pathak who started Sulabh, a community toilet service at nominal price for ushering in a “great revolution” towards sanitation.
During the event, 120 students were felicitated. The exercise is part of the Sulabh School Sanitation Club of which 6,500 students from more than 200 schools are members. The club aims at inculcating a habit of cleanliness among students from an early age.