sulabh swatchh bharat

Thursday, 29-June-2017



2 days ago
Under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have declared themselves as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India. The two joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala on June 24, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increased from 42% to over 64% in just two and a half years since the launch of SBM. Uttarakhand has 13 districts, 95 blocks, 7256 gram panchayats and 15751 villages while Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6083 gram panchayats - all of which have declared themselves as ODF in formal dec...


2 days ago
The Swachh Bharat Mission efforts are showing results now as awareness over health and sanitation is increasing even in rural areas. In a recent incident, a newly-wed wife refused to go to her husband’s house since there was no toilet there and women in the household had no choice other than open defecation. Sehjaj, a resident of Kesarpura under Lagetkheda gram panchayat in Rajsamand district, Rajasthan, had recently got married. As the family was making arrangements to take the bride to her new home, the girl refused for the ‘gauna’ claiming that she could not live with them unless they build a toilet.


a week ago
A university professor from Gujarat, Dr Jyoti Lamba visited a village and discovered that there was not a single toilet available, she didn’t just go home and lament. Instead, she built 6,000 toilets in 34 villages during next 4 years, often at her own expense. She has faced backlash, criticism, skepticism, ridicule, not including other practical obstacles, yet this has not stopped her from achieving an incredible and very inspiring feat. Her story was picked up by ‘Humans of Amdavad’ and deserves the utmost recognition!  “Since last three decades, I am a professor at one of the ...
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a week ago
A post graduate from Faculty of Social Sciences, Delhi University and a UPSC aspirant, Ushma Goswami had always wanted to use her knowledge to help society. She had been studying the various social differences between the urban and the rural, castes, and the privileged and underprivileged sections. And now, she wanted to implement her knowledge to help erase these differences. So she decided to give one year of her life to do so before getting into what she calls a rat race of a UPSC rank or a job. In 2016, Ushma was selected for the SBI Youth for India Fellowship and chose to work in the area of governance. While Ushma w...


2 weeks ago
With Odisha having the highest number of people still defecating in the open, the Centre on Thursday asked the State to achieve the goal of becoming open defecation-free (ODF) by 2019. About 58 per cent of households in the State are without toilets. The State Government has the onerous task to complete construction of nearly 50 lakh toilets by October 2, 2019. Progress in construction of toilets in individual households under Swachh Bharat Mission of 10 States including Odisha was reviewed by Union Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha with Chief Secretaries of the States through video conference. Chief Secretary AP P...


2 weeks ago
The Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Narendra Singh Tomar has commissioned two Ganga Grams in the presence of various faith leaders led by Swami Chidanand Saraswati, co-founder of GIWA (Global Interfaith WASH Alliance). Two villages in the bank of River Ganga, Veerpur Khurd in Dehradun and Mala in Pauri Garhwal, have been taken up by the Ministry to make them model Ganga villages, in collaboration with GIWA. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in collaboration with state governments, has the mandate to make villages on the bank of River Ganga open Defecation free (ODF). Some 4270 villages of 4515...

‘Darwaza Band’ on Open Defecation

3 weeks ago
The Central government on May 30 launched a new World Bank supported campaign “Darwaza Band” (Door Shut) to check open defecation across Indian villages, under the Swachh Bharat Mission, an official said. The campaign was rolled out in the presence of Union Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and officials. To be rolled out across the country, ‘Darwaza Band’ is expected to inculcate behaviour changes in men who have toilets but don’t use them. A part of the campaign will see Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma exhorting women to stand...

New-tech Boat to Clean Lakes

3 weeks ago
The photograph last week in most newspapers shows ‘snowfall’ in Bengaluru, which by itself would have been wonderful. Had it happened. But what really happened is that the white puffs blowing around and landing on everything was chemical pollutant from the famous Bellandur Lake. But now the pollution levels of the water bodies is being taken up by environmentalists and conscious residents alike as a matter of concern that deserves serious intervention. It is perhaps not surprising that an initiative to clean lakes more efficiently has emerged from the city. The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a city-based aerospace firm, has come up with an innovative solution to dea...


4 weeks ago
What a 75-year-old daughter-in-law, can gift to her Supercentenarian mother-in-law by selling her five goats – her pride possession? A gold bracelet, a silver waist-band or a Banarasi saree? But the answer is a big no. Instead, she gave the most invaluable gift to her mother-in-law – a toilet. The rare and priceless gift should make those involved in pushing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan bow their heads in shame. The septuagenarian daughter-in-law had made several rounds to the Gram Pradhan and the Bock Development Officer for getting financial aid for the construction of a toilet in...


4 weeks ago
51.6 per cent of households across the country did not use an improved sanitation facility -- a system that separates human excreta from human contact -- between January 2015 and December 2016. Even as  Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has sent India on a toilet-construction spree between January 2015 and December 2016, household toilet availability has improved from 41.93 per cent in 2014 to 63.98 per cent in 2017, according to the figures available with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.  Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Kerala have achieved 100% open defecation-free (ODF) status. However, almost all the pro...


5 weeks ago
The role of clean-up marshals is rising in an attempt to keep Mumbai clean. The corporation had appointed these marshals a long time ago while increasing their role in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Their job is to monitor the cleanliness and punish those who are involved in throwing rubbish in public places. With their active participation of the last 10 months, these marshals have collected fines worth about eight million rupees from five lakh people. Most of these offenders are those who do not refrain from spitting and urinating in public places. There are also people who bring their dogs for strolls on the streets and these dogs us...


5 weeks ago
A voyage in a traditional canoe or a houseboat through the picturesque Vembanad Lake is enough to see why the south Indian state of Kerala is called “God’s own country’.  A tiny island surrounded by the Vembanad backwater, Kakkathuruthu got listed in the National Geographic’s “Around the World in 24 Hours”   a photographic tour of the most beautiful places in the world. Thanks to this distinction, the island and the backwaters started receiving both national and international tourists in hordes.  The thriving tourism brings in business opportunity   hoteliers, h...

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