Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a cleanliness campaign launched by the Government of India on 2nd October 2014 for a period of five years. It is a nationwide campaign that will conclude on 2nd October 2019. The dates have been chosen to honor Mahatma Gandhi on his Birth Anniversary. Among many objectives that the campaign entails, the most significant is making India Open Defecation free or ODF free, by 2nd October 2019. This year, on the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji, the Government of India is all set to declare India as ODF free. This calls for a celebration and reminiscence on how this feat was completed. It is the best occasion for the teachers to celebrate with the students by delivering an impressive speech.

Speech on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for Teachers

Speech 1

Good Morning my dear students, colleagues, and respected guests. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is _______ and I teach ______ to standard ______.

We have assembled here today on a very special occasion and I have been asked by the management to deliver a relevant speech.

There are two events that the nation is celebrating today, firstly, it is the 150th anniversary of the father of the nation and secondly, it is also the closure of five years long “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” or the “Clean India Campaign”, which had been a success.

It is about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that I will give the speech on, today. Most of us know that the campaign was inaugurated by the immediate Prime Minister of India, Sri Narendra Modi, on the same date, five years ago.

The campaign that was launched on 2nd October 2014 wasn’t new and was only a modification of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) or Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) launched on 1st April 2000 and 1st April 2012 respectively. But the previous campaigns failed to achieve their objective because they weren’t realistic enough.

The incapacities of the previous similar campaigns were overcome by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A realistic and practical approach was adopted by the government to make the campaign a success.

Efforts were made out to include common public, volunteers, people like you and me to take part in cleanliness drives in their own capacities. A vast promotion of the campaign by politicians, television and film personalities and eminent people from different backgrounds, made the campaign a great success.

It proved to be the largest cleanliness drive ever, on Indian soil, with over three million students, government employees participating in the drive-in 4043 cities, towns and villages of India.

The campaign had two parts – Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (Rural) and Swachh Bharat Mission Urban. Surveys done by the Government agencies and the Non-government organizations reveal that the campaign has been a grand success as far as making India open defecation free is concerned.

Since the launch of the campaign, over 9.16 crore toilets have been built across the country in rural areas alone, declaring 5.5 lakh villages open defecation free. Not to mention the toilets that have been constructed in the urban settlements in the areas having large footfalls.

There are many success stories of the campaign and the people associated with it. To state an example Mr. Anand Jha hailing from Darbhanga, Bihar built toilets for the poor from his own money, only to be reimbursed later by the government.

 

Another story is that of Mr. Afroz Shah from Mumbai who took to cleaning Versova beach in 2015, which was at that time the filthiest beach in Mumbai ridden with all kinds of trash and plastic. But, three years later due to the efforts of Mr. Shah and his team of volunteers, the beach has returned to its pristine glory.

There are thousands among us, like Mr. Anand Jha and Mr. Afroz Shah, all we need to do is to encourage their cause and appreciate their efforts.

My dear students, you don’t need to be famous as Mr. Jha and Mr. Afroz for being a Samaritan of cleanliness. I understand that you all are devoted to your studies and don’t have much time to spare. But, you could always practice cleanliness yourself as well as inspire others for it.

Even small acts like cleaning the streets, school or toilets won’t take much of your precious time and will be a noble act of cleanliness in its own capacity. Moreover, you can also persuade your relatives in villages to stop defecating in open, if they are and rather built a toilet from the government provided financial aid.

Though the campaign might have achieved over 90% of its targeted agenda, there is always that little more to do. It’s time for us to celebrate our cleanliness and the fact that we are open defecation free almost, if not 100%, but, we also can’t relax and have to maintain this cleanliness drive in its present form, for years to come.

Thank you all for listening so patiently and I once again wish you all Happy Gandhi Jayanti and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan!


 

Speech 2

My dear colleagues, students, staff members, and respected guests. I am __________, a teaching faculty of this school, who teaches _______ to standard _________.

Today is the day when we celebrate the 150th birthday of our father of the nation and also the end of five-year-long cleanliness drive, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched on 2nd October 2014 was in principle a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji was very particular about cleanliness and he had on some occasions stated that cleanliness is more important than freedom.

 

In 2015 India was reported to be the country with the highest number of open defecation in the world. It was the world’s open defecation capital, with 40% of its total population, nearly 550 million people defecating in open; a shameful reality for a country that prides itself for Mahatma Gandhi and his ideology.

Moreover, it isn’t only open defecation that the campaign addresses but it also deals with several other issues like land and water bodies pollution, cleanliness of streets, offices, schools, and public places. All in all the campaign covers cleanliness pertaining to all the areas of human settlement.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is also the flagship campaign of other cleanliness drives like “Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan” which included school children and teachers, for cleaning their school premises and toilets.

The Union budget of 2016 allocated a fund of Rs 620 billion to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Abhiyan was also funded in monetary and technical support to the tune of USD 1.5 billion and 25 million respectively, by the World Bank.

Thus, began the journey of India’s biggest ever cleanliness drive which would in ensuing years include millions as cleanliness volunteers. The campaign was highly successful in reaching out to the people at ground level, through rigorous campaigning and teams of dedicated volunteers.

Slowly, people became more aware and started acknowledging the significance of a clean home and locality. Open defecation became a taboo and today we are fast closing on becoming completely open defecation free.

Thanks to the campaign, today our schools have clean and separate toilets for both boys and girls along with a facility of clean drinking water. Students are also zealously participating in village and street cleanliness drives, like never before. It is an inspiring story for the nation which up to a few years was reeling under the curse of open defecation and littering.

Now people have started realizing the need for dustbins in houses and as well as in public places. The government has also planned to install digital dustbins at prominent locations, which would send text messages to cleanliness workers as soon as they get filled.

Collection of waste from every rural and urban household and its successful disposal was one of the main reasons behind the success of the campaign. Today, a garbage collection van reaches almost every house and collects waste. This waste is segregated and either recycled or incinerated as per the quality.

In order to acknowledge the efforts of municipal bodies and other agencies working towards the campaign’s success, the government of India has conducted a survey to declare the cleanest city in India. Indore in Madhya Pradesh stood first followed by Bhopal in second place.

But, this success isn’t the end as there are many cities trailing much behind on the cleanliness index.  It is, therefore, a job well done but still far from being completed. We may have almost achieved our target of open defecation free, but we still are lagging behind on several other aspects of cleanliness.

The drive for clean India must not end here and we will have to continue our fight with the same zeal and enthusiasm. Only then it would be a true tribute to the father of the nation and the principles that he believed in.

With this I would like to end my speech, hoping that I was able to make you understand the significance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Thank You!