New Delhi: Union Urban Development Minister, M. Venkaiah Naidu said this morning, cleanliness and hygiene could be introduced in the country only if the mindset of people changed towards cleanliness.
The Minister was speaking on the occasion of the ninth Foundation Day of the Foundation for Restoration of National Values (FRNV) at the DMRC Auditorium in New Delhi.
Elaborating further, he said we could hope for ‘Swachh Bharat’ only if we implemented cleanliness within body and mind, and created appropriate conditions for it. Every citizen has to go beyond individualistic attitude and think about the society as a whole, he added.
The Union Minister admitted that there was a decline in the standard of Politics on account of deterioration in the values, and restoration of values was the need of the hour.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr E. Sreedharan, President, FRNV, said, “Our aim is to inspire society and instill values among all people, especially those at the decision making level”, Our tool for cleanliness and ‘Swachh Bharat’ is changing the mindset of people. The mindset has to be changed so that people start rethinking about their lives in terms of making their neighborhood, locality and the country a better place to live in.
R.P.Khandelwal, CMD, HLL and Amit Garg, E.D (Environment), Railways, shared with the audience, work being done by their respective organizations to contribute to clean India that had directly benefitted citizens. Khandelwal shared his experience of introducing and promoting eco-friendly and affordable options in Kowdiar ward of Trivandrum.
Amit Garg shared how cleanliness had been introduced in the Railways by the use of bio toilets, mechanized cleaning, centralized waste disposal area and use of CCTVs to monitor cleanliness.
The Foundation for the Restoration of National Values (FRNV), an organization, dedicated to raising the consciousness of citizens, especially those in the leadership positions, so that everyone – irrespective of their role in society– serves the greater, national good. The Foundation, which is a National, registered society has been active since its inception in 2008. It works in the areas of Values Based Education, Sanitation, Health &Hygiene, Police and Administrative Reforms.