Jharkhand Will Perform Biggest Challenge For Modi’s Swachh Bharat


Priyanka Dutta, Ranchi: After the day when Raghubar Das, Chief Minister Jharkhand has declared that The Jharkhand government has been successful in controlling naxalism in its nearly thousand days of governance, an alluring picture came from Jharkhand, a state in eastern India.

Union Government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat mission was not a government programme but a “Jan Andolan” (Mass movement) as proved by Jharkhand. On this sunny morning , all the 24 districts officials in Jharkhand came together for this Mission. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a Union Cabinet meeting and asked his ministers to participate more actively in cleanliness fortnight that will start from September 15 and continue till October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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“Whole administration is committed to make the state clean as pledged by out Honorable PM.. And we are ensuring maximum public participation and motivating them.” Chandan Jha, SP(Gumla) Said, while speaking with Kolkata24x7.com. Deputy Commissioner, SP and all other officers were there.

According to data available, Jharkhand may pose the biggest challenge for Modi in achieving the goals of his Swachh Bharat campaign. In 2011, Jharkhand had the highest percentage of households – 77% – without latrines. In 2001, this number was 80%. This drop of 3 percentage points is one of the lowest changes among all the states in the last decade.

Jharkhand not only has the largest number of households without access to latrines but also features among the top 5 states with the worst decadal rate of building toilets. Thus it is a big challenge for the State.
“Satisfied. Want more people to join by wish..not by force.. Cleanliness is pre requisite for development.” Superintendent of Police( Gumla) added that.

According to CM, Jharkhand “development will happen where peace is there”, his officers put their hands together and came to the road for this awareness drive.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a drive to keep the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns and its rural areas clean. Modi’s mission is ambitious as approximately 120 million households, almost 50% of households in India, defecate in the open, according to the 2011 Census.

However, many states are lagging in the cleanliness drive.