While the Gujarat Education Department is all set to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi on January 30, by organising a state-wide painting competition titled ‘Mahatma Gandhi and safai (cleanliness)’, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) school board has gone a step ahead by forming a special ‘safai brigade’ in each school involving two students from each class above Class V to ensure a clean Ahmedabad.
The decision for this brigade came after a recent survey-’cleanliness awareness survey’-carried out by the municipal school students under Ahmedabad Municipal School Board District Scouts and Guides Association.
As many as 463 scouts and guide students carried this survey in schools and residential areas of eight areas in Ahmedabad. These included Naroda, Ambawadi, Vasna, Rakhial, Vadaj, Ellisbridge, Saijpur and Meghani Nagar. “The survey was carried out as the idea of this cleanliness awareness survey came from the municipal commissioner herself as we wanted to gauge the awareness levels among residents and students. We roped in the scouts and guides students who surveyed parts of Ahmedabad including schools and residential societies. The results have been compiled and submitted to the commissioner,” confirmed the school board chairman Jagdish Bhavsar.
As per sources, the survey results reflected some stark figures where 31 respondents denied having a toilet at home while three accepted use of public roads for the purpose. To another question on municipal garbage van, 61 reportedly denied getting the service while nine said they dump garbage on roads.
The project of safai brigade in order to implement the ‘swachh bharat abhiyan’ has already taken off this week from one of the municipal schools in Shahpur area. This is to be replicated in all the 456 municipal schools with 3,500 brigade members from Class VI to VIII. The brigade members would be given guideline on cleanliness practice to be followed at home, classroom, school, area and city level. As many as 40 ‘swachhata sammelan’ would be organised for this by the AMC school board followed by review meetings in each zone.
Over 1 crore students to pledge for cleanliness
Apart from the elaborate schedule, the Gujarat education department has also issued a pledge to be administered by more than 1 crore students as a part of January 30 painting competition on ‘Mahatma Gandhi and safai’.
The programme is scheduled to start in each school, college and technical institute with a two-minute silence followed by the pledge where students will promise to devote 100 hours every year and two hours every week on ‘shramdaan’ to fulfill Gandhi’s dream of not only a free India but also a clean India. Every student will also ensure 100 persons pledge the same.
The education department has also sought a report of this event from each school supported with documentary proofs.