Out of the countless awful habits we Indians love to flaunt in the public, spitting on the road is one of the most common ones. While most of the people seem to be absolutely guiltless even after pulling off the gross act, the crowd in Pune won’t have it easy anymore.
Though Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘Swachh Bharat’ still remains an illusion, the Pune Municipal Officers have taken a small but significant step towards it.
In a unique punishment against citizens spitting on the road, the officials have decided that they will have to clean their own muck and also a pay a fine of Rs. 100.
The welcome initiative has already been taken into action in the Bibwewadi area of Pune. According to Mirror Now, the campaign is being headed by ward officer Avinash Sakpal and has seen 25 people face the consequences of dirtying the road. Speaking about the same, Sakpal said,
“We know that this is very harsh punishment but in future, they will think before they spray Gutkha and tobacco on public places. We noticed that penalty in the form of money only was not working. Instead, giving self-reliance lessons in such a manner will be remembered throughout their life. The success of this campaign is in its unique approach.”
According to Pune Municipal Commissioner Sourabh Rao, they are looking at a bigger picture at the moment. The main intention behind the movement was to prepare the city for Swachh Survekshan 2019. He added,
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“People should realise that the whole garbage and dirt that is created is cleaned by another human being only.”
In order to monitor the cleanliness of the roads and to catch the people who pollute them, 41 officers will be on the streets every day. They will also be responsible for creating awareness of cleanliness and sanitation with representatives and common public.
However, according to Rao, this is just one of the many initiatives they have planned to make Pune a cleaner city. The methods which turn out to be fruitful will be taken into action in other parts of Pune as well.
We couldn’t be more thankful to the Pune Municipal officers for coming up with this brilliant idea. It’s high time we realized the importance of hygiene and how beneficial it is to live in a fresh environment. Well done, officers. You have definitely shown us the way to go!