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The word 'cleanliness' should get more attention
Some good signboards appear at prominent public places, which is a treat to read at times. For example, one signboard depicts the following message: 'Cleanliness is the second name of GOD'.

IN ADVANCED countries, cleanliness is given topmost priority.  In many of these countries the amount spent on maintaining the cities and towns forms a good chunk of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  

It is also a fact that there is not much wage difference between high paid jobs and the minimum wage while inflation is kept under control with major food products made available through super markets at reasonable rates. This is coupled with the fact that good scope exists for people wanting to join the "cleanliness" concept industry - either they can work for some agency or they can start their own independent agency.  

As an example, for cleaning of glass windows in high rises, one agency is earning anywhere between 60, 000 - 80, 000 US dollars per annum in a foreign country.?Modern gadgetry/ equipments are used by these agencies in doing different types of cleanings.  On similar lines, concerned people should make recommendations to implement and bring more cleanliness in different parts of the cities and towns, which is the need of the hour.  ?In some countries, prisoners at times are taken out to do street cleaning and possibly they are paid for this job based on the country's minimum wages.  Similar attempts can be carried out periodically in India with a proper set of guidelines and support on this issue.

Sulabh Sauchalayas (also known as Sulabh International) are doing good job by creating many rest houses/ toilets in different parts of the country. Many organisations wanting to do good for the society can help these outfits by periodically refitting their infrastructure like wash basins with proper fittings, wash rooms with proper fittings, doors painted with proper handles and lock, ensuring no unnecessary water logging takes place, periodic cleaning and so on.  

Such outfits need?at least one carpenter, one plumber, one painter visiting them at least two to three times a week to ensure reasonable good maintenance.

In public places like Bus depots and railway stations, there is ample scope for making improvements in both drinking water cubicles as well as toilet?facilities.  Here again, these outfits need at least one carpenter and a plumber visiting them at least two to three times in a week to ensure good maintenance.

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