Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Mission, featured among the themes of cultural performances at the Republic Day parade, but not many present the ceremony got the message. Information booklets and pamphlets distributed at the ceremony were found thrown at the venue soon after the function got over.
About 136 students from Gover nment Girls Senior Secondary School, Nathu Pura, Delhi, performed a ‘Swachh Banaye Bharat Dance’ in which they appealed to make every path, every town and every home clean.
The message failed to make any immediate impact with most guests seated in the venue including VIP enclosures as they threw leaflets and other litter on the premises on their way out.
“It is disappointing that despite so much effort, people threw the information booklets around. People across the globe witnessed this historic moment and we left such an impression. People should have been a little patient and carried the booklet with them instead of dumping them on the premises,” said Hemant Mehta, who attended the ceremony.
However, some also complained that there was no arrangement to collect the waste and even dustbins were not installed on the site. Available dustbins were overturned due to security reasons.
The New Delhi Municipal Council usually handles the cleaning of area but they claimed that due to Republic Day celebration and Obama’s visit, the site was under Central Public Works Department (CPWD) jurisdiction.
NDMC claimed that despite being a national holiday, they had deputed some sanitation staff for cleaning work. “We installed 70 floral boards greeting people on Republic Day and 125 floral baskets. Around 16 figures of animals and birds, all made of flowers, were installed at various roundabouts,” said Jagjivan Bakshi, NDMC spokesperson.