M Venkaiah Naidu, the Union minister for urban development said India leads the world where open defecation is most prevalent. Over 68 per cent of rural households are devoid of access to toilets. 88 per cent of all diseases in rural areas is due to lack of clean water and sanitation.
The government proposes to spend Rs 1.3 lakh crore to construct urinals and toilets and a sum of about Rs 62,000 crore will be spent across the country as a whole. Additionally, Rs 20 lakh will be given to 2.47 lakh panchayats each for the next five years to maintain the sanitation levels and ensure that their villages are kept clean.
While there have been efforts to promote the cause and make sure that it functions effectively, a 100 per cent success rate is a far cry. Several celebrities have wielded the broom to spread the awareness about the campaign and the importance of sanitation and cleanliness.
These efforts will not go unnoticed but it’ll take more than just a few celebrities to get this cause going. It requires a change in our perception; it requires a change in our perception and mentality. We must change the way we look and keep our surroundings. The results may not be visible immediately, as it is bound to take some time to get rid of all the waste that has been accumulated over the years. It is time for each one of us to step up and clean our nation. It is time to move towards a cleaner tomorrow and ensure that our future generations do not grow up in a world of filth.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, after all.