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How Swachh Bharat changed India and became a global inspiration

Sep 19, 2018, 06.12 IST

When John F Kennedy made an announcement in 1961 that the US would put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, no one thought it was possible. It did happen, eight years later. When Narendra Modi announced in 2014 that India would become open defecation free by 2019, changing the behavior of 60 crore people who then defecated in the open, no one thought...

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Success of Swachh Bharat

Sep 18, 2018, 07.10 IST

We are almost at the fourth anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which makes this an opportune time to look at what makes it tick. The numbers speak for themselves, including the unprecedented increase in toilet coverage, and the resultant health and financial gains. Sanitation coverage in rural India increased from 38 per cent in 2014 to over 92 per cent cent in 2018 and 8.5...

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Over 83 9 million toilets constructed under Swachh Bharat Mission

Sep 14, 2018, 15.31 IST

New Delhi, Sep 14 (UNI) Over 83.9 million household toilets have been constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission.As a result, 19 States/Union Territories, 447 districts, and approximately 440,000 villages have declared themselves as free from open defecation, officials of the Ministry of Drinking water and .Sanitation have said.Since the inception...

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Over 50 countries to take up water sanitation, hygiene practices

Sep 13, 2018, 23.25 IST

Over 50 countries around the world will hold a four-day meeting here to learn about the best Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) practices across the globe, the UNICEF said on Thursday.The upcoming international meeting goes with the name Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention (MGISC) organised by India's Swachh Bharat Mission, will be...

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Mahatma Gandhi Global Sanitation Convention from Sept 29

Sep 06, 2018, 20.38 IST

New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation will organise a global sanitation convention to mark the beginning of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, also coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission.Mahatma Gandhi Global Sanitation Convention(MGISC) will be...

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Sanitation coverage in rural India reached 92% under Swachh Bharat Mission, says government

Sep 06, 2018, 19.47 IST

The sanitation coverage in rural India under the Swachh Bharat Mission has more than doubled to 92 per cent and the country is on its way to become open defecation free (ODF) by next year, a top government official said Thursday.The sanitation coverage in rural India under the Swachh Bharat Mission has more than doubled to...

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A Simple Way to Save Millions of Lives

Aug 16, 2018, 13.52 IST

(The Bloomberg View) -- Household toilets, one of the most important medical advances of the past two centuries, may be taken for granted in many parts of the world. But in places where they are lacking, people continue to die needlessly from diarrheal infections. The recent emergence of antibiotic resistance has made a terrible problem far worse...

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5 Ways India Can Make The Transition From ODF To ODF Plus

Aug 14, 2018, 11.49 IST

New Delhi: In Sundarnagar, Himachal Pradesh, the morning sun is lazier than the village�s inhabitants. Even before the sun is up, the village is up and about with abuzz with the hustle bustle of daily life. As dawn breaks upon the scenic village, a group of women are already up and about checking if the toilets in some of the households are working or not, or if waste...

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WHO thumbs up for Swachh Bharat's rural component

Aug 03, 2018, 22.31 IST

It is estimated that the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G) will result in preventing more than three lakh deaths due to diarrhoea and protein-energy malnutrition between 2014-October 2019, notes a World Health Organisation (WHO) report released on Friday The progress report on potential health impact from increased sanitation coverage through the SBM-G...

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Ministers from 70 nations to be taken on a 'Gandhi Trail' in Gujarat

Jun 12, 2018, 09.53 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the 150th anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi at a first-of-its-kind International Sanitation Convention named after him, where ministers from over 70 countries will be invited and taken on a "Gandhi Trail" in Gujarat. The function, named as "Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention" will be ...

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GOBAR-DHAN Scheme launched under Swachh Bharat Mission to promote wealth and energy from waste

May 02, 2018, 09.18 IST

Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti, on April 30, 2018 launched the GOBAR - DHAN (Galvanising Organic Bio-Agro Resources Fund) Scheme at the National Dairy. Research Institute (NDRI) Auditorium, Karnal. On the same occasion, the...

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Boost for PM Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Study finds 93 percent village households with access to toilets using them

Mar 28, 2018, 13.07 IST

In a major boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan scheme, 77 per cent of houses in village areas have toilets. Of those 77 percent households, over 93 percent have shunned the habit of open defecation and started using toilets. In a major boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious...

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93% rural households with access to toilets using them: Survey

Mar 27, 2018, 13.31 IST

NEW DELHI: Over 93 per cent households in villages who have access to toilets are using them and about 77% homes in rural areas have got toilets, the annual rural sanitation survey has found.The survey, 2017-18, conducted by an independent verification agency under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin...

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Swachh Bharat adequately funded, will meet 2019 goal: Uma Bharti

Feb 17, 2018, 13.50 IST

The Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti, today said that the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is an adequately funded programme, and the Government is confident of the realization of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi's vision of an Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by October 2nd, 2019 ...

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Creating a new normal (Indian Express)

July 22, 2017, 12.35 IST

India has set itself a seemingly impossible goal, to end open defecation by October 2, 2019. This is a tall order, as Diane Coffey and Dean Spear's new book: Where India Goes, points out.Why do organisations set themselves such apparently impossible tasks? Ending open defecation for all Indians by 2019 ...

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Swachh Bharat is unstoppable, no longer a sarkari plan, It has penetrated into the country: Parameswaran Iyer (Indian Express)

June 25, 2017,12.18 IST

Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, talks about the challenges of sustaining Open Defecation Free villages, says Swachh Bharat has transcended caste, emphasises the role of �twin pits� in ending manual scavenging and endo...

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India is winning its war on waste (Gatesnotes)

April 25, 2017

Nearly three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made one of the boldest comments on public health that I have ever heard from an elected official. It's still having a big impact today.He made the comment during his first speech to the nation commemorating India's Independence Day. Modi said: "We are living in the 21st century.Has it ever pained us that our...

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Swachh Bharat: Appeal to people's self-interest for better sanitation (Business Today)

Nov 13, 2014, 11.59 IST

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day, and launched on Gandhi Jayanti, with a lot of fanfare and savvy viral marketing, taking a leaf out of the ice bucket challenge, when the prime minister nominated nine well-known citizens to join him in the mission...

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