Why Do Indian Ministers Sweep the Streets?

India's Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri participating in 'Swacchata Hi Sewa' campaign at Sarojini Nagar Market in NDMC area on September 17, 2017.
India’s Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri participating in ‘Swacchata Hi Sewa’ campaign at Sarojini Nagar Market in NDMC area on September 17, 2017.

As most Indian ministers are intellectually challenged, they cannot solve any problem that needs the use of intellect. In order to make their presence felt, they wear colorful clothes everyday and appear superficially in razzmatazz such as inauguration events, lamp-lighting ceremonies, aerial surveys of flood-affected areas, and showy brooming displays. People of India do not need ministers to do all these mundane jobs which even a donkey or a monkey can do. ~ Rakesh Raman


Underlining the importance of solid waste management for ensuring a clean Urban India over the next two years, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri will reach out to all the Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs) in the national capital urging them to ensure segregation of municipal waste at the source of its generation.

Today, Puri participated in the Swacchata Hi Sewa’ campaign wielding broom at the Sarojini Nagar Market in the NDMC area. Later, speaking to senior officials of his ministry and NDMC, representatives of Market Association, general public and sanitation workers, he expressed serious concern over the garbage crisis in Delhi.

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Puri said “Toilet building is much easier but solid waste management is the real challenge to ensure a clean Urban India by 2019.”

India's Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, lighting the lamp at the presentation function of the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Award, in New Delhi on September 17, 2017.
India’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, lighting the lamp at the presentation function of the Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar and National Safety Award, in New Delhi on September 17, 2017.

As against the target of building 66 lakh individual household toilets in urban areas, about 37 lakh units have already been built. With 56% of the mission target already met, this exercise is on course, he said.

About 65 million tons of solid waste is generated per year in cities and towns of the country and this is the real challenge. Solid waste processing has reached about one quarter of the generation.

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Current efforts to ensure processing of total solid waste will be successful if only segregation of waste at source is ensured as this is necessary for the success of further chain of making compost and power from municipal waste.

India's Minister of State for Communications and Railways, Manoj Sinha clearing the garbage as part of ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign, at Rajiv Gandhi Telecom Training Centre (RTTC), in Chennai on September 17, 2017.
India’s Minister of State for Communications and Railways, Manoj Sinha clearing the garbage as part of ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign, at Rajiv Gandhi Telecom Training Centre (RTTC), in Chennai on September 17, 2017.

“I would like to reach out to all RWAs in Delhi by writing to them in all the 11 districts to do the needful to ensure such segregation. At present, only half of the waste generated in Delhi is being processed and this is a matter of concern,” the minister said.

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He added that his Ministry has earlier this week approved a Rs. 300 crore action plan for procuring modern equipment and systems for making a visible impact on solid waste management by which 670 ton per day waste processing capacity would be created by the end of December this year.

Puri noted that Swachh Bharat Mission is one of the foremost transformative initiatives launched by the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this mission is more about behavioral modification.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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