Since we seldom see our politicians practise what they preach, it came as a pleasant surprise to the residents of Ward No. 10 (Vidyaranyapuram) of Mysuru to see their corporator, M Suneel taking to the streets every morning to clean the city.
Suneel, a first-time corporator, started helping out the pourakarmikas (civic workers) because of a shortage of workers in the city’s sanitary workforce. In an interview given to a local news portal, Suneel says, “Every ward needs at least 50 pourakarmikas (civic workers), but we have only 25 of them. We can’t pressure the workers to do more work, but we can join hands with them to keep the city clean. Therefore to help them, I started working with them every day.”
His gesture has encouraged many people to join him in the cleanup drive. Now, every day, when he’s out on the streets in the morning, locals help him collect the garbage and put it in dustbins.
Picture for representation only. Source: Flickr
Mysuru has been awarded the title of the Cleanest City two years in a row and Suneel believes in working hard to keep up the good work.
“I sweep the roads of my ward every day. At 6 am, I go around the ward and wherever necessary, I take up cleaning. It has been an exercise and a daily practice for me. People come to me to share the problems they have and I can look into their queries. It is important to work than telling the people to maintain cleanliness,” says Suneel.
S Radhika, a resident of the ward, was quoted by The Times of India as saying, “We’re lucky to get such a corporator. Such an initiative will help our city maintain cleanliness. I hope the other corporators too will take a leaf out of Suneel’s book and keep their respective wards clean.”
We certainly need more such people who go out of their way and set an example for everyone, don’t we?