With the recently concluded expos of Clean India far exceeding expectations in terms of participation and business, we cannot help but talk about them proudly and loudly. All the expos — Clean India Pulire, Waste Technology India Expo, Laundrex India Expo and Car Care Expo — broke all previous records going by the number of professional visitors, the volume of business deals generated, the high quality of conferences and the opportunities created for networking. As some of the veterans of the cleaning industry stated, the event reinforced its identity as the “best and the only annual gathering of professionals engaged in the cleaning business in India”. Sure, the event marked a favourable business environment.
In this context, the current budget can be termed transformational with focus on job creation, quality and affordable healthcare, higher education infrastructure and rural development. Boosting higher income for farmers can enhance their purchasing power, thereby helping overall growth of rural consumer market. Here is an opportunity for the cleaning industry to explore not only at the rural market but also the semi urban market. Infrastructure initiatives like smart cities, rural roads and railways should also help.
Getting featured in this issue of Clean India Journal is Roots Multiclean Ltd that has completed 25 years of being part of the Indian Cleaning Industry. The January 2006 Clean India Journal, the 4th edition of the magazine, had K. Ramasamy, the Chairman of the Roots Group on the cover. We found that he had laid a very good foundation cemented by high values and team work. Then and on occasions, when we had a chance to interact with him, what came across was his simplicity & sincerity. Today, Roots Multiclean has grown to be a prominent entity in the cleaning industry. We are sure Varun Kartikeyan, the young leader of Roots will take his company to greater heights.
To achieve anything, we need resolve. We need to take a pledge. Like over 400 students from 37 different schools took part in an environmental pledge to save the planet and to improve water, sanitation and hygiene for every child at an ashram in Rishikesh recently. The students aged 13 to 14 years had come to Uttarakhand to take part in the Round Square Global and represented schools from across the country as well as abroad, including those in the UK, Oman, Singapore and Dubai. They pledged never to contaminate rivers and seas with garbage, plastic or chemicals. At the Clean India event, we had the ministers, exhibitors, visitors and delegates taking a pledge towards a Clean, Green and New India!