Every year India generates huge amount of waste and yet there is hope in the field of sanitation by the actions taken by the Sikkim State. The prolong working of perpetuated thoughts is the reason Sikkim is standing tall in the country.
The cleanest state of India
Sikkim, the smallest state of India is now a pioneer in the field of sanitation. It is proud to be declared as the cleanest state of the country. These are the results of consistent efforts and hard work that began from the year 1998-99. Intensive sanitation mission, strict rules on harmful products and the social awareness about recycling the waste are few of the important steps followed by the state. The mutual understandings, cooperative efforts and the strong motive for a good change is what we should learn from Sikkim. Let’s have a detailed look at this great initiative by Sikkim.
This is how it began… the will power to achieve complete cleanliness
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The role of people and government together accelerated the change in overall development of Sikkim. The State Government also involved the Local Panchayat to execute the eco-friendly actions. This relation between State Government and Public is a well versed communication and understanding of the end goal.
The focus on creating eco-friendly surrounding was so sharp that State Government constructed 98,043 household latrines exceeding their own limit of 87,014. Out of these total latrines, 61,493 were built for people living below poverty line. Currently, 98.2% of households in Sikkim are equipped with clean toilets. The next step was to look towards the public places. Therefore with extensive surveys and the detailed study of hygiene, the installation of filters for drinking water in public places was rising. Simultaneously, introduction of better drainage system and well equipped public toilets were built. At the present time, Sikkim has 100% of the state’s population using the community or household toilets. Many rural parts of India are still not equipped with household latrines. It is time we should learn from Sikkim and start executing the same for our eco-friendly surrounding.
Changes in the daily habits helped Sikkim to earn the status of “Cleanest State of India”
As the time passed the modern communication improved and this gave rise to the rapid transformation of Sikkim. The cooperative efforts of the State Government and the public were showing good results due to the publicity of environmental awareness in every corner of the state. Individual efforts and the strict rules followed by people themselves were giving the results to eradicate the waste.
In 2008, Sikkim earned the ‘Clean State’ title in the country and this resulted in encouragement for many people. The participation of people in waste management increased and thus the campaign was initiated to achieve the target of zero waste. Working with school children and spreading awareness in localities about health benefits was the part of campaigning. Sikkim has also achieved a status of place where plastic bags are very rarely spotted.
What and how should we learn from Sikkim??
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The ideas of changing individual habits and actions by mutual understanding are the most important things to be learned from Sikkim. We all have the strength and a will to act for the creation of sustainable environment. Our steps towards the zero garbage have already begun; it is the consistency and collaborative efforts that will keep us going till the end. Let’s take a step to Segregate the waste at source and continue our march towards zero garbage.
— Filed by Omkar Nikam