Modi orders officials to clean loos on Gandhi Jayanti
Reuters | Sep 29, 2014,

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered government officers to work on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, a national holiday, to clean ministries — including toilets — in a nationwide cleanliness drive.

Modi plans to honour the independence hero by launching on Thursday the Clean India campaign, which aims to solve the country's sanitation and rubbish problems within five years to mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's October 2 birthday.

Many cities, including New Delhi and Mumbai, are overflowing with garbage, a result of rapid economic growth, overcrowding and poor urban planning, as well as civic behaviour that rarely condemns littering.

India's shortage of toilets costs the country more than $50 billion a year, mostly through premature deaths and hygiene-related diseases, according a study by the World Bank. India suffers a greater cost than other Asian countries from the inadequate collection of human excreta, the study found.Several officials in government departments told Reuters they had been called into work on Thursday to help clean up.

"We are all buying brooms, we are going to clean up the bathrooms here," one defense ministry official said. "This is our work now." more  

when will these ....crats clean the roads and toilets sir, more  
Further more & imp. that SANITATION DEPT /Staff should be given modern hygienic /mechanized equipment /training /motivation to work with dedication to keep their designated area always CLEAN more  
Swachha Bharat Abhiyan is really very much basic requirement for our social /economical progress - also imp. for attracting Investment & tourist. To achieve sustainable clean environment Only photo shoots ,slogans ,posters can not even creat awareness . First of all local bodies /adm. /dept. should be make responsible 1- For Keeping always wel-maintend -Garbage BINS @ proper place/distance with Clear /Clean approach. At present if any garbage bin is kept -mostly it broken /overflowing /surrounded by all type of dirt /animals & scrap pickers . 2- Roads & all public places always should be kept CLEAN not @ time of NETA;s visit. 3- Arrangements of Hygienic / Clean Toilets / Restrooms @all the public places. 4-All drainage should be covered & mainlined to avoid the overflow . 5- Strict monitoring & penalty, without discrimination, for any type of LITTERING . At present sanitation worker come / seen on road /duty only to collect /HAFTA /Pay . more  
Great! It will make them humble. "Your C#@P, you clean it!" No more Babugiri. Hopefully, this move symbolizes that a thorough clean up of corruption coming soon. That as we know is the number 1 problem, as the poll showed here. The PM understands that no work should be below our dignity, selling tea to cleaning toilet, carrying garbage to carrying the burden of the society, it is a duty that must be done with complete sincerity. "Karma is Dharma" - The modern Philosopher more  
That is great! leading by examples. Hope all the people join in. Tagore wrote a wonderful poem about the people who clean toilets and drainage. "Friend, who calls you dirty and untouchable? you live among us, so we can live in the city or else man would have returned to the forest" more  
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