sulabh swatchh bharat

Thursday, 20-June-2019

Swachhta in other Asian nations

Asian nations of Singapore, Japan and South Korea have been waging a battle for cleanliness


Government launched the ‘Clean Singapore Campaign’ in 1967. Legislative clearance was given through a Public Health Law. Focus on 3 Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Various targeted initiatives like ‘Clean & Green Singapore Schools Carnival’, ‘Bring Your Own Bag Day’ at supermarkets, ‘ABC Waters Programme’ etc, resulted in increased participation



During the period of the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912), cleanliness and hygiene were strategically associated with nationalism. Through a systematic national campaign, cleanliness was made an issue of national importance along with that of moral responsibility.

The Shinto religion, which has the largest number of adherents in Japan, prescribes many purification rituals focused on cleanliness. Hence, it became an integral part of the Japanese belief system.

 In the Japanese school system, students and teachers actively participate in cleaning classrooms and toilets.


South Korea

A clear mandate of 5 years was laid to provide sanitation and improve the lives of all citizens.

Solid Waste Management was a part of nationwide policy from 2002-2011 to promote waste reduction and recycling.