sulabh swatchh bharat

Monday, 11-December-2017



26 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

27 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

27 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...


28 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...


28 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...


28 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...


28 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...

Urinal made from water can

30 weeks ago
 ssb bureau A persistent stench was present in the classrooms of Panchayat Union Middle School in Kurumbapatty every day. This was due to the lack of proper facilities in the school, as a result of which the walls were being used as urinals. The school, located in the Thirucharapalli district of Tamil Nadu, saw many students falling sick and taking leave. Realising that this stench was the primary reason for so many students falling sick, five students from the school decided to take matters into their own hands and turn things around. A non-profit organisation, Design for Change, has devised a simple four-step formula, Feel-Imagine-Do-Share. This formula inspired these ...

Swachhata tutor nasihur rahman

30 weeks ago
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ has found a prized supporter in the principal of a girls’ madrasa in Assam’s Darrang district, whose zeal to convince people about proper sanitation and hygiene earned him the sobriquet ‘Swachhata Maulana’. Mufti Nasihur Rahman, Principal of Al Jamiatul Islamia Mangaldai Banat Madrasa in Mangaldai, has taken an initiative to convey the importance of sanitation and hygiene in public places to ensure a disease-free society. “For the last three years, I have been regularly visiting the villages around Mangaldai to impart the importance of cleanliness among people but we...


30 weeks ago
In October 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission - which means Clean India mission - with the usual fanfare. There were photographs of the prime minister holding a broom - and other ministers lurking in the background - and cleaning streets in a symbolic gesture. This year, Prime Minister Modi’s home constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, jumped from 418th ranking in 2014 to 32, according to a government-sponsored cleanliness survey. Incidentally, Varanasi is the only city from UP to figure in the top 100 cleanest cities followed by Aligarh at a distant 145th rank and Jhansi at 166th ...


30 weeks ago
Their team did not just sweep out football major Shillong Lajong to win this year’s I-League tourney, the fans just swept the hearts out of Shillongites by mopping clean the 23,000 packed stadium of all the litter after the match. No wonder then that Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel tweeted about this saying, “After I-League win, Aizawl FC fans clean up Shillong stadium, win hearts.  Real Swachh Bharat example, learnings for all.” Unsightly stadiums littered with heaps of plastic, food bits and sports memorabilia are generally considered to be a normal fallout o...


32 weeks ago
“On the eve of Narsinghpur becoming open-defecation free, Chief Executive Officer Pratibha Pal continued her rounds of district that often include surprise monitoring visits to villages.” There was much fanfare in south eastern Madhya Pradesh when this district became the first in the state to be declared open-defecation free. As the spotlight shone on the district, 280 kilometres from the capital Bhopal, its Chief Executive Officer Pratibha Pal was reluctant to be in the limelight. “Please remember that this is the result of the dedication and effort of our entire district team, under the leadership of ...