SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN LAUNCHED
- In launching the swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or clean India Mission, Gandhi Jayanthi day.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to highlight the importance his administration attaches to both sanitation and Mahatma Gandhi.
- Mr. Modi was evidently carrying forward the message in his Independence Day address, on the need for more toilets in schools, and for India's villages an towns to be free of dirt.
- But the high profile lanuch of the mission on October 2 has its own meaning.
- Mr. Modi wanted to link his campaign to the toilet cleaning ritual in gandhi's ashram's, to emphaise that the seemingly demeaning work was of great import of greatest building.
- The noise surrounding the launch of the mission was intended to draw in all Indians to clean the cleanness drive:
- Everyone was expected to devote two hours a week to cleaning their surroundings.
- Since 1986, India has spent over 3 billion on constructing toilets across the country.
- Figures from the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation show.
- Despite such massive investments, India's sanitation cam paigns over the years have unfortunately yielded limited results.
- India continues to have the larg- est number of people who defecate in the open.
- Even poorer countries in the neighbourhood, such as Bangladesh and Nepal, have improved sanitation coverage faster and surpassed India in the last two decades-by all at l accounts, a fraction of the cost.
- The Indian government is now gearing up to spend an additional 31 billion(Rs. 1.9 lakh crore)
- Over the next five years through the Swachchha Bharat mission.
- Percentage of Households without Latrines in India 53.1%.
- Expenditure Rs.16,912 crore Top Spenders on Toilets Expense(Expenditure(in Rs. crore).
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