Dual emotions of pride and relief are invoked by the recent cleanliness drive in India. However, areas like dharavi, sona gachi seem to be ignored in all this. An individual or a social group can pitch in and give their share of efforts in developing these specific areas, but a major change can be brought about only if they get government action. Kevin McCloud in his documentary on Dharavi can be applauded or criticized, but the video does highlight the need for sanitation, health care and education in these slums.
Concentrated action with the help of public-private partnership is essential where
1. Funds are made available from industries, public figures and the government
2. Dharavi is split up in groups managed by set participating sponsors.
3. Timeline of five years to present a reasonable change should be set
4. The cleanliness of slums should be highlighted more in the public awarenessinitiatives.
5. Public participation through online websites is made available with the intention to get novel ideas from scientists, social workers, educationalists, engineers, economists, doctors and health workers.
6. Local participation from the slums is made necessary.
There is no doubt in accepting Mr. Modi’s endeavor to create ‘Clean India’ as a stepping stone towards development, but this post is made to unmask the areas which needs primary attention.