Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that Swachh Bharat Mission should be taken as a collective responsibility by each and every citizen of the country for making India a clean country by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
Talking to newsmen in Chandigarh after the meeting of Sub Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Mission, Naidu, who is also Chairman of the sub group, said that after independence a lot of development is taking place but sanitation is deteriorating day by day that resulted in bad impact on health, environment and hygiene.
Representatives from eight states participated in the second meeting including four Chief Ministers. Three departments of Government of India gave detailed presentations in the meeting about technical viability to improve the sanitation level.
Naidu said that it had been decided in the first meeting of the Sub-Group to study the best technologies and practices of sanitation available in all the states even the non-participating states. More emphasis had been laid on adoption of practical solution both in rural and urban areas to achieve the targets of the Mission. Modalities would also be worked out to give incentives like tax exemptions for setting up projects of waste to energy conversions, he added.
Naidu said that excellent ideas and suggestions have been received in the meeting to generate energy from waste and garbage. He said that Haryana Chief Minister has given an important suggestion in the meeting as per which sanitation subject should be introduced from the primary education level to inculcate the habit of cleanliness right from childhood.
Citing example of Singapore, he said that the country has achieved total sanitation as heavy fine is imposed for any violation. Similarly, China is doing wonderful in this direction and Japanese has a culture of cleanliness imbibed in their genes, he added.
The chairman said that next meeting of Sub-Group would be organized in Banguluru in the state of Karnataka in mid June. Before that, a meeting on technical aspects would be conducted in Delhi.
The Sub Group advocated replication of the best practices and technologies for achieving the desired target under the Mission.