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This Haryana-born inspector’s short film on cleanliness has impressed PM Modi, too

Inspector Tejpal of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was recently felicitated by PM Modi for a short film highlighting a cleanliness drive in the province of Itanagar, Arunachal Pardesh.

gurgaon Updated: Oct 21, 2017 19:03 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
Inspector Tejpal,Haryana,Rewari
ITBP inspector Tejpal has made a short film to aware people on the importance of cleanliness.

‘What do you think about India? Asked inspector Tejpal to a tourist in Ajmer, once, who replied, ‘India is a beautiful country, but….’ I prodded him further and he added, ‘We feel bad that there is rubbish thrown everywhere’,” shares Tejpal recalling the incident that gave a new perspective to his life — to adopt the path shown by Mahatma Gandhi, and volunteer for his vision of a clean India.

Haryana-born Tejpal, who is presently with Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) as a Hindi Translator, has shot a short film (2 minute 11 seconds) titled Swachhta Film, in Itanagar (Arunachal Pardesh), highlighting a cleanliness drive in North East Frontier of the Force. At a program organised at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi, recently, he was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making the best short film in a competition organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign.

Tejpal being felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making the best short film in a competition organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign.
I brainstormed with the unit on the script and also involved the locals at the village in Arunachal Pradesh, explaining them about the importance of cleanliness. They would earlier throw garbage on the streets; a habit that changed after the sensitisation drive —Tejpal, Inspector , ITBP

The film-making process, as Tejpal explains, comprised participation of locals from Itanagar's Ganga Village. “We initiated a cleanliness campaign, in and around the campus area. I brainstormed with the unit on the script and also involved the locals at the village in Arunachal Pradesh, explaining them about the importance of cleanliness. They would earlier throw garbage on the streets; a habit that changed after the sensitisation drive.”

How did he manage to balance his time between film-making and rendering his responsibilities in the force? “We took breaks in between our duty and shot the film in a day’s time. My seniors supported me in this endeavour. Editing was the most difficult aspect of film-making because of my little knowledge in the sphere. But I managed to pull that off, too, because main chahta hoon ki humara Bharat saaf rahe (I want my India to be clean country).”

A scene from Swachhta Film by ITBP inspector Tejpal.

A few scenes from the film show the police force, among the locals in Arunachal Pradesh, pledging in favour of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement). “When PM Modi announced the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014, I was overjoyed on hearing about the initiative. His speech — on his vision for India — has also been incorporated in the beginning of the film, to encourage everyone to work towards making this vision a reality,” he adds.

Tejpal, who wishes to continue his efforts towards making India a clean country, says, “Hume lagatar kaam karte rehna chahiye (We should continue to strive to achieve the goal of a clean India). I will personally continue to work for the cause by spreading awareness about the mission of Clean India, among the citizens. And, I hope to take the drive to my home town Rewari, Haryana, too,” he adds.

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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 19:02 IST