Munna is from Badagaon in the district. He is working as a labourer in Surat district of Gujarat. About six months ago, he had promised to build a toilet for his blind Nagina. “She is 14 years old now. Fear of she going in open for defecation constantly nagged me. We have a very small house and little means to construct a toilet but I had promised to do overtime and save money to gift her a toilet at home,” said Munna.
Munna claimed that he worked in double shifts to save money and returned home to construct a toilet for his blind sister. “Bhaiyya kept his promise and gifted me a toilet. Now I don’...
The seeds of many positive changes were sown in 2017 and could bring news to cheer Indians in 2018.
On March 21, 2017, the Safai Karmachari Andolan (Sanitation Workers’ Movement) wrote to the Home Ministry to direct the National Crime Records Bureau to count such deaths separately.
The Andolan is a body that fights the practice of forcing Dalits, lowest on the Hindu caste hierarchy, to clean others’ excreta.
The National Safai Karmacharis Finance and Development Corporation -- a not-for-profit under the Social Justice Ministry to help sanitation workers get out of manual scavenging -- will survey 15 major states over six mon...
Udupi district in North Karnataka, popular as a destination for Krishna devotees in view of the beautiful Krishna temple there, has become the first open defecation free (ODF) district in Karnataka. This temple town, about 50 km from Mangalore, is also closer to the Arabian Sea and there are quite a few resorts dotting the coast.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced this recently at the inauguration of a hospital in Udupi.
“Today Udupi has been declared as the first open defecation free district in the state. By October 2, 2018, the whole of Karnataka will be declared open defecation free,” the Chief M...
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has formally launched the Ganga Gram Project, under the Namami Gange Programme, for holistic sanitation development in villages on the banks of River Ganga. Ganga Gram is a project for sanitation based integrated development of all 4470- villages along the River Ganga. In August 2017, with active cooperation with the five Ganga States (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal), the Ministry declared all 4,470 Ganga Grams Open Defecation Free (ODF). The Ministry is the nodal Ministry for the Government’s flagship programme, Swachh Bharat Mission. Since ...
INVENTION TO REPLACE THE TOILET BRUSH
THE idea is a simple one – instead of using a toilet brush to clean the loo, you use a jet of water. Gloucestershire-based inventor and entrepreneur, Kam Mistry, has come up with a water-powered contraption, the Shiffter, in the evenings and weekends after his day job. “Let’s face it, does anyone enjoy using a toilet brush? Does anyone like picking up a used one? This product isn’t rocket science. However, it has the potential to become commonplace in hundreds of millions of homes across the globe,” he said.
The Shiffter is designed to replace the toilet brush and bleach, Mistry says I...
Current Statistics: Where we stand since the start of SBM
Swachh Bharat Urban:
• Individual Toilets Constructed: 40,84,620
• Community and Public Toilets Constructed: 2,34,161
• Number of Cities Declared ODF: 1,338
Swachh Bharat Gramin:
• Individual Toilets Constructed: 57,09,600
• Community and Public Toilets Constructed: 1,73,50,263
• Number of Villages Declared ODF: 2,95,497
Swachh Bharat Mission: Making Swachhata Everyone’s Business
Besides its allocated charge of SBM-Gramin, The MDWS is also mandat...
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Central government to bear 70 per cent of the cost for constructing 14 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) under the first phase of the Yamuna river revival project which has been delayed by over eight months due to lack of cooperation among agencies and a fund crunch.
The bench, headed by NGT Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar, also directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to bear the remaining 30 per cent of the cost.
“For sewage management in Yamuna at Delhi, NMCG and DJB will share 70-30 per cent of the cost.
“If the cost exceeds 30 per cent, then t...
Even as Uttar Pradesh topped construction of individual household latrines in the country, the state lags behind the target set by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for declaring 30 out of 75 districts open defection free (ODF) by December 31, 2017. Soon after the Chief Minister fixing this year’s target in April, the Panchayati Raj department went full throttle constructing over a record 20 lakh Individual household latrines (IHLs) across state till date. But it could barely make only eight out of 30 districts ODF, which is merely 25 per cent of the target fixed by the state government for this year.
A two-day National Consultation of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP), an initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission, took place in New Delhi. Representatives from 20 Iconic Sites, including central and state officials, representatives of iconic places, and corporate and development partners including World Bank joined the consultations.
Initiated as a project to implement Prime Minister’s vision to take iconic places and their surroundings to higher standards of ‘swachhata’, so that all visitors benefit and also take away home the message of cleanliness, Swachh Iconic Pl...
Punjab-based Sampurn Agri Ventures (SAVPL) has introduced a biogas-based power plant operating on paddy straw, thus making available an alternative to straw-burning that is said to be a major contributor to high smog levels in Delhi.
The new technology not just generates nearly 4,000 cubic metres of biogas from 10 tonnes of agricultural residue, but also produces fertiliser, said Sanjeev Nagpal, Chairman of SAVPL, at a press conference in New Delhi.
He said the company had already set up a plant in Fazilka in Punjab, which was approved by Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Punjab Agriculture University. It is...
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...