Dehradun: The lakhs of volunteers belonging to the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda of Sant Guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh may have shocked residents of Haridwar, Rishkesh and Roorkee in the meticulous manner they underwent about their task of cleaning the cities and the banks of Ganga, but importantly they also sent a message of the need of keeping their city and environs clean.
The message that resonated in these cities as the volunteers with brooms and other cleaning equipment in hand went around their task of picking up filth and garbage was that if the nevirons are kept clean, Ganga will remain clean.
It is the filth and garbage strewn on the streets and ghats of the river that finally ends up in the water, polluting it.
But the most important outcome of the entire exercise was the message that it sent to the various Hindu religious organizations that rather than idle talk, it is more important to practice what you preach.
Ganga will not remain clean on its own, it will remain clean only if efforts are made to clean it and steps taken to ensure that the environment also remains clean.
It was perhaps with this in mind that the parmadhyaksh of the Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, Uttarkhand, Swami Chidanand Saraswati Muni Maharaj, on the occasion of his birthday celebrations said that they had taken a vow to adopt the 6-T programme.
The six Ts are toilets, trees, taps, trash, tracks and tigers. The birthday celebrations were celebrated as World Peace Mahotsav.
He said that toilets would be constructed in the country along the rivers, to put to halt the age hold practice of people going along the rivers to defecate in the open.
It has been in vogue in the country for centuries, but now one realizes the extent to which it is polluting the rivers of the country, including Ganga and should be stopped by constructing toilets for the facility of the people.
Swami Chidanand Maharaj said that the purpose behind the 6-T programme was to free the country of filth and garbage, create a neat and clean environment free of pollution and primarily to ensure that the villages and townships along the banks of Ganga are free of garbage and filth, as only this will ensure a clean river.
He said that it had also been decided to keep the railway tracks also clean as during the rains most of the filth and human excreta along the tracks is washed into the rivers and streams polluting them and likewise efforts will also be made to prevent the wildlife from poachers, so that they flourish in the forests of the country.
The announcement of the 6-T programme has been well received by the other sants and seers with Sant Morari Bapu asserting that Swami Chidanand had made a great resolve for the country and it becomes the primary duty of all to support and work to ensure that it succeeds.
Dr Pranav Pandey, chief of the Gayatri Parivar, Haridwar said that there is an urgent need for the cleanliness of the rivers and streams from Gangotri to Gangsagar, for which the Gayatri Parivar will launch a big drive and we will also support the 6-T programme of Parmarth Niketan.
It is not only the Hindu organizations, but various Sikh and Muslim organizations, like the Akal Takht Sahib and All India Muslim Law Board, who have also taken heed of the call and come forward with their cooperation and support