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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Govt's 'Swachh Bharat Mission' on a path of progress

The country is on the path of progress towards realising the dream of a Clean India. 

Ever since the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014, various steps have taken by the government to provide required environment for people to get participated in cleanliness campaign.

"A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150 birth anniversary in 2019," said Narendra Modi when he launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in New Delhi on 2nd October 2014.


Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout length and breadth of the country as a national movement.

While leading the mass movement for cleanliness, the Prime Minister exhorted people to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a clean and hygienic India.

People are now responding to the prime minister's appeal by participating in cleanliness drive.

Major objectives of Swachch Bharat Mission include:

-- To Eliminate or reduce open defecation

-- To convert the insanitary toilets into pour flush toilets

-- To remove the system of manual scavenging

-- To completely start the scientific processing, disposals reuse and recycling the Municipal Solid Waste

-- To make people aware of healthy sanitation practices by bringing behavioural changes in people

-- To link people with the programmes of sanitation in order to generate public awareness

-- To build up the urban local bodies strong in order to design, execute and operate all systems related to cleanliness

-- To provide required environment for the private sectors to get participated in cleanliness campaign

The construction of toilets is a major focal area for the Swachh Bharat programme, which aims to make India "open defecation-free" by 2019.

The construction of Toilets in household is moving on well within the deadline.

Till March 2016, around 13 lakh, 26 thousand and 226 toilets have been constructed.

A total of 68506 community and public toilets have also been built during this period.

The Swatch Bharat initiative now has a reach in 87 percent wards of the country.

The Work is also under progress on running workshops on behavioural changes, solid and liquid waste disposal systems, village cleanliness, water hygiene and sanitation activities.

To further boost the cleanliness drive, the government also announced allocation of 9,000 crore rupees for Swachch Bharat Mission.Showing remarkable progress, within one year of Swachh Bharat Mission's launch, about 95 lakh toilets have been constructed in rural areas across the country.

While, Andhra Pradesh is set to become the first state in the country to make all of its urban areas 'Open Defecation Free' by October 2 this year.

To widen the reach of this campaign, offline campaign is being complemented by online campaigning.

The 'MyCleanIndia' was launched as a part of the Swachh Bharat drive to highlight the cleanliness work carried out by citizens across the nation.

There was an overwhelming response of people following the launch of this initiative on Social Media.

Now , more and more people and NGOs are on board for the realisation of Swachch Bharat dream.

Besides, the World Bank has approved a USD 1.5 billion loan for clean India campaign to support the government in its efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and end the practice of open defecation by 2019.

All these steps taken by the government clearly indicate that Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a Clean India is likely to be fulfilled when country will be celebrating his 150 birth anniversary in 2019. 

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