Clean India Mission or Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by our Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi in August 2014. It is nearing 3 years since the launch of this ambitious nationwide program. The enormity of the task could be perhaps best understood from the huge areas to be covered across the cities, towns and villages across the country. Prime Minister in one of his speeches had pointed out that to transform Singapore into a clean city, it took 11 to 12 years of painstaking work in every walk of life. Considering that Singapore is a city state, it will be a huge challenge for us to bring a similar transformation. If we are to succeed, every citizen of this country needs to practice cleanliness in every act of our life day in and day out. The biggest challenge under this mission is perhaps changing the mindset of everyone us. With this in objective, we undertook some projects under Swachhata mission as detailed below:
1.Mass Cleaning Activity
The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) under Ministries of Urban Development took up Mass Cleaning activities in the main locations of Coimbatore. RAAC along with CCMC Sanitary Inspectors and workers Organized and participated in the Thematic Mass Cleaning Activities in State Bank Road (Coimbatore Junction railway Station), Ukkadam Bus Stand, TK Market, Siddhapudur CMC Colony (Variety hall road), and Gandhi street (Podanur). Volunteers of RAAC and partner organizations participated in the Mass cleaning Activities throughout the City.
2. Swachhata- MoUD & Swachh Survekshan 2017 citizen Feed Back Awareness Campaign
Ministry of urban development has introduced a mobile App Swachhata - MoU, under which any citizen, when he or she notices unclean surroundings like garbage dumping, or any water leaking or any other aspect of cleanliness, they can take a photograph of that particular issues in their area and upload it to the App by Ministry of Urban Development in Delhi. The concern authority will take follow up action to rectify the issues. RAAC took the initiative in conducting workshops on explaining the process of the App, Mass App downloading programs, and Swachh Bharat E-Learning Awareness to general public, Schools, Colleges, University, and various other institutions. The covered institutions (or) locations and number of participants were given below.
The Campaign includes Swachh Survekshan 2017, a survey to study the sanitation related aspects under Swachh Bharat Mission of India. Through this survey the Swachh Bharat Mission assess the quality of the sanitation conditions in public toilets, public places, streets, railway tracks, and open spaces etc. This study will help the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation to take corrective steps. RAAC actively partnered with Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation and supported in various phase of preparedness for the inspection, cleaning etc. RAAC with CCMC organized and motivated the student volunteers from various colleges of Coimbatore to implement this in their respective areas.