sulabh swatchh bharat

Monday, 20-August-2018

Half Way Covered More Pace Needed

A World Bank study estimates that the poor sanitation results into a loss of 6.4 percent of the GDP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a clean India which we can be proud of, has beginning to bear fruits. With over two crore toilets built in almost all parts of the country, Prime Minister has brought dignity to homes of have-nots. Thirty five districts and one lakh villages have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). Five states are almost on verge of achieving the target. And it’s not a mean achievement.

The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched two years ago on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The mission, launched by the Prime Minister, was managed by the Ministry of Urban Development for urban areas and by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for
rural areas.

As many as 2.4 crore toilets have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission and 15.04 lakh under MNREGA across rural India. The rural household toilet coverage has increased from 42 percent at the start of Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin to 55.34 percent.

In fact when the Prime Minister talked of ridding the country of filth especially open defecation, people didn’t believe him. After all we had a long legacy of lethargy, inefficiency and missing deadlines. But, Modi through his relentless campaign proved the naysayers wrong.

Lack of proper sanitation leads to major losses in terms of manpower and GDP. Poor sanitation results into a loss of 6.4 percent of the GDP to country’s economy. India would save Rs 1.27 lakh crore worth of health care costs if everyone adopted simple hygiene practices like washing hands with soap before meals and after
defecation.