Mr. Modi, please, pretty please, may we have some dustbins?

Mr. Modi, please, pretty please, may we have some dustbins?

I am sure that nice Mr. Modi has a zillion important things on his mind, so I am perfectly happy for him to pass this request on to one of his staff.


I’m not proud.

It’s just that much as I am trying to keep my bit of Bharat Swachh (you all know what that means by now, right?***) it’s an uphill task if we don’t even have any functioning rubbish bins.

2 different bins in my neighbourhood, both of which I run past every day.

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You see what happens here, don’t you?  Bin useless -> chuck rubbish right next to it on the ground.

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Helpful hint, boys: you might want to go to the Lodhi Gardens where they have bins every 50 metres.  All jolly & painted.  Take a leaf out of their book.  Please.


*** Swachh = clean  Bharat = India


  1. param shobhit

    Dear Christine

    As you would be aware, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 cities and towns.

    To recognize the progress of the initiative the Government has instituted the Swachh Survekshan Awards which ranks participating cities on key parameters every year. The results of the “Swachh Survekshan 2017” are about to be released where 500 cities of India would be ranked on the parameters of waste collection, sweeping and transportation; municipal solid waste processing and disposal; open defecation status; information, education and behaviour change and; capacity building.

    One of the interesting facets of the awards is active citizen participation in selecting the cleanest cities, as the as the citizen feedback has 30% weightage, besides collection of performance data through direct observations and independent assessment.

    I am writing in to understand if you would be open to support this national initiative by publishing the results of the “Swachh Survekshan 2017” on your website or blog, to showcase the efforts of the Government of India and raise awareness on making India a cleaner country, among your followers. The results are scheduled to be announced on May 4, 2017.

    I am working as a volunteer with the communication team retained by the Ministry of Urban Development to promote the initiative and would be able to help you with first-hand information such as the press release on the results as well as background data and information to help you developed an informed article for your website or blog.

    Hope you would join hands in making a small contribution towards making India a cleaner country by agreeing to raise awareness on this initiative.

    Looking forward to your early feedback.


    Param Shobhit

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