“Swachh Swasth Sarvatra” initiative has been launched by the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with which union ministry?
[A]Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
[B]Ministry of Finance
[C]Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
[D]Ministry of AYUSH
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
The Swachh Swasth Sarvatra is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to achieve better health outcomes through improved sanitation and increased awareness and healthy lifestyles. It has been launched to strengthen Community Health Centres (CHCs) in 708 Open Defecation Free (ODF) blocks in India to enable them achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene. Under it, Rs. 10 lakh of financial assistance will be given to the CHCs so that they can be strengthened to meet the standards of sanitation, hygiene and infection control. The initiative is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, under the National Health Mission. It is focused on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change, with the goal of making India Open Defecation free by 2nd October, 2019.