Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation & Social Reform Movement, has long said that if people get a loan from the banks for making toilets, it will be a helpful step in furthering the cleanliness drive. He not only wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this, but also talked to him one-on-one when he met him. It is heartening to note that Dr Pathak’s opinion is now getting recognition at the government level.
Furthering the efforts of Dr Pathak, and in a bid to implement the ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of Bihar has taken ...
On World Toilet Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his government’s commitment towards improving sanitation facilities across the nation.
“On World Toilet Day, we reaffirm our commitment towards improving sanitation facilities across our nation,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
“I compliment all those individuals and organisations working towards building more toilets in various parts of India. Their invaluable contribution adds solid momentum to Swachh Bharat Mission,” he added.
World Toilet Day was established by the World Toilet Organisation in 2001.
The UN passe...
Some other organisations are also showing their initiatives in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:
Works in both rural and urban areas for providing bio digester based toilets and changing rooms for women. For corporates, it offers environmental services which are covered under clause 135, of companies act, 2013. These include toilets with and without bio digester, bio gas plant for kitchen waste, toilets for schools, public toilets.
The government has prescribed a guideline for how NGOs can contribute to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:
1. NGOs can take up the task of educating the people of rural India about keeping their surroundings clean
2. Some NGOs could play a role in highlighting the importance of SBM to housewives, shopkeepers and small business owners
3. NGOs can also do third party quality checks of infrastructure being created under SBM and also do sample verification on a pre-determined check list
4. NGOs could adopt certain areas/colonies and take t...
The Licence Department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued notices to all petrol pump owners to set up toilets on their premises.
Navi Mumbai, despite being declared as ODF, continues to witness occasional instances of people defecating in the open because a behavioural change at a universal level is yet to come to the city. To counter this immediately and ensure that the ODF status of the township is maintained, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has directed all petrol pump owners to set up toilets on their pump premises and grant access to those who wish to use them. The notice, which i...
Excerpt from Mann Ki Baat Radio Talk:
“My dear countrymen, I call upon you to begin a campaign, Swachchata Hi Sewa, Cleanliness is Service, at least fifteen-twenty days prior to Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October – on the lines of the age-old belief, Jal seva hi prabhu seva, Service to Water is Service to God. Let’s create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country. Whenever and wherever possible, let’s look for the opportunity. But we must all come together. We could look at this as preparations for Diwali, preparations for Na...
Toilets have not only been an integral part of our collective development as a society, they have also been closely tied to traditions, religions, and belief systems.
Ancient Greek Toilets
The ancient Greek culture saw a resurgence after the Greek Dark Ages where the island of Delos became a holy site in the ancient Greek culture. The famous lion statues on the Terrace of the Lions were dedicated to Apollo, the Greek deity of the Sun. Sanitation systems saw tremendous development during this time period. The island of Delos...
For a better urban water and sanitation system in the country, the government needs to improve the regulatory mechanism and intensify implementation of sectoral programmes, TERI University said.
The University, involved in environmental research, has also urged the government to enhance capacities of Urban Local Bodies, improve data management and foster an enabling environment for finance.
The recommendations are part of a comprehensive report, jointly released by TERI University, US Agency for International Development and Coca-Cola India, which calls for more detailed data to “help city managers make cities ...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Sister Nivedita an “extraordinary person” who spread the message of the importance of cleanliness and service to mankind.
The Prime Minister urged countrymen to give Sister Nivedia, whose 150th birth anniversary fell on Saturday, an appropriate tribute by taking lessons from her life.
“My dear countrymen, our holy land has given great souls who selflessly served humanity. Sister Nivedita, whom we also know as Bhagini Nivedita, was one such extraordinary person. Through her work, she spread the message of the importance of cleanliness and service to mankind...
Following the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Varanasi, the Centre issued a letter of recommendation stating that all public/community toilets in the city will be named ‘Izzat Ghar’
After visiting Varanasi, the PM said: “I was happy when I was told that newly constructed toilets in UP have ‘izzat Ghar’ written on them and not ‘shauchalay’ ”. Since the word ‘Shauchalay’ means toilet in Hindi and is quite commonly used, the PM believes the new nomenclature would motivate people to respect the ideals of cleanliness and sanitation more.
With new sewage treatment plants coming up, the dream of Varanasi residents and visitors to have a ‘Nirmal Ganga’ (clean Ganga) will soon become a reality, the Water Resources Ministry said.
Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently generates an estimated 300 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage, which is expected to increase to 390 MLD by 2030.
The three existing sewage treatment plants at Dinapur, Bhagwanpur and DLW treat only 102 MLD of sewage. The remaining flow directly into the Ganga through Varuna and Assi rivers.
“To bridge thi...
The Maharashtra government claims that the state has achieved 88 per cent success in stopping open defecation. This was possible because the government did not allow any shortage of funds in the making of toilets.
People who used to go out in the open for defecation were made aware first and then the strict rules were applied. Although in some areas still people are not able to leave the habit of going out for the toilet but hopefully they will be able to overcome this habit in the next few months.
On the success of controlling defecation in the open, the central government has announced Maharashtra on the to...