The new BJP government brought with it the euphoria of a host of new programs each aiming to make India a country to reckon with. For a while it felt like these projects were reflection of the patriotic ethos of a country. The most recognized among these was the Swacch Bharat mission.
In spite of frequent calumnies by the opposition, the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan caught the imagination of the common man like no other program had. Swacch Bharat mission made its mark with an important innovation. It sought the active participation of every citizen notwithstanding age, socio-economic conditions and other factors. This gave the people of India a sense of control and power to shape their own destiny and change their own surroundings without being dependent on anyone.
However waste disposal and management is considered a natural monopoly and hence the government can definitely not slacken its implementation of other complementary programs. Despite gargantuan promises, the problem still looms over the horizon of India’s growth and development. In order to sustain the impetuous of any scheme constant government support and monitoring is required. The lack oversight has caused some areas to be cleaned frequently by different groups while other areas are neglected.
A long-term framework must be formulated to ensure the continued cleanliness of public spaces once they are cleaned and revamped. It is impractical to start from scratch every time an area is cleared of waste and debris. Investment in recycling and sewage disposal plants is imperative to sustain the effort and create a utopian India.
The Swacch Bharat mission brings with it the hope of an environment which, will foster creativity and efficiency, and its successful completion lead India to break glass ceilings and rise new heights.