Toilet construction under Swachh Bharat to be completed before time: Minister
The Hitavada , Apr 27, 2018
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday that the Government would meet the target of construction of 72 lakh household and public toilets in urban areas under the Swachh Bharat Mission a year ahead of the scheduled date of October 2, 2019, and stressed that behavioural change among people was at the ‘heart’ of cleanliness mission which would ensure its success.
The Housing and Urban Affairs Minister said that the success of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would hugely depend on the success of India just as the success of China in taking people out of poverty led to the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Minister said the Government has set a target of building 67 lakh household toilets and five lakh community or public toilets in urban areas by October 2019.
“As on March 31, we have already built 52 lakh individual household toilets and 3.2 lakh public toilets. Well one year in advance of October 2019, well before October 2018, we would build the required amount of toilets in the urban areas of the country,” he said while addressing ‘India Sanitation Conclave 2018’, organised by industry body FICCI here.
The scheme is implemented by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry in urban areas and the Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry is responsible for rural areas. Stressing that the mission started as the Government project and later turned into a ‘jan andolan’ (people’s movement), Puri said the ‘heart of the issue’ is the behavioural change which is necessary for the success of the mission. He also asked the private sector to play an active role at grassroots level in effecting behavioural change in people such as maintaining and using toilets.
Swachh Bharat can tackle public health issues, promote tourism, says Prabhu
The Government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’, or ‘Clean India’, initiative has the potential to address public health issues and promote tourism in the country, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday.
Addressing an industry chamber FICCI-ISC Sanitation Conclave, the Minister also underlined the need to improve soil fertility, saying soil security is a critical component of food security. “Swachh Bharat can become a big change agent for India. It has huge potential to push economic growth,” Prabhu said.
“Once this campaign is successful, there will be economic growth because the moment sanitation issue is addressed, the public health will get addressed which will give a boost to economic growth. I think several issues will get addressed by Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. We can address public health related issues. Tourism, which is the fastest growing sector, will also be benefited by Swachh Bharat,” he said.
Behavioral Change in People and Private Sector Participation Important for Success of Swachh Bharat Mission : Hardeep Singh Puri