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Modi’s Clean India movement (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan) is doing good by creating public awareness but there are few additional steps which need to be taken to support the movement.
Before discussing these steps, let us first try and understand why Indian roads and open spaces are full of garbage and waste and who is to be blamed.
Two points worth nothing-
Have you wondered why metro stations are clean but railway stations are not? Do we behave differently when we are in India and when we are in a foreign country?
Metro and metro stations are clean and therefore, there is a tendency to avoid throwing the waste in clean places. Similarly, when we travel to a foreign country, we refrain from throwing waste on streets. No doubt, some credit goes to the heavy penalties imposed by the countries, but one big reason is also due to cleanliness everywhere, there is a tendency to keep it clean. However, if there is a dustbin in the vicinity, then an average person is expected to use it atleast 8 out of 10 times. But if there is no dustbin, then there is no option but throw the waste on the streets. I am no different, if I have a wrapper, I would generally carry it with me up till a certain distance in anticipation of finding a dustbin but after a stage, I will throw it off. If it is a paper wrapper, I will tell myself that it is bio-degradable, but if it is made of polythene, I will carry the guilt but still do it as I may not want to keep it in my hand all the time.
Government is running the campaign of clean India, but there is very less done towards building a network of dustbins on the India Roads.
Waste collection and Management process
With a twist – Privatisation
I am sure, within few months, we will see the difference on city roads.
Tax rebates are allowed on donations made to Swachh Bharat Kosh, however, amount spent as Corporate Social Responsibility under section 135(5) of the Companies Act, 2013 are not eligible for income tax deduction.
The transaction may be structured in such a way that the tax rebate can be claimed. As per Swachh Bharat Kosh Operational Guidelines, the line Ministries are entrusted with the responsibility of proposing projects to the Governing Council with regard to utilisation of Swachh Bharat Kosh. However, the guidelines also mention line Ministries can consider specific suggestions from the donors making contributions above Rs. 10 crores. Accordingly, if the sponsor gives donation above this threshold and the line Ministry is convinced with the merits of the above waste management plan, then the sponsor stands a chance to get the tax deduction as well under section 80G (though some expenditure relating to branding will not be allowable under tax).