It’s time to shift focus on other facets of Swachh Bharat Mission, other than construction of toilets as a part of solution for clean India. Discuss.

Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014 with an over arcing goal of achieving total sanitation and hygiene in the country.

Components:

  • Construction of toilets.
  • Achieving ODF status for India.
  • Increasing adoption of toilets drastically.
  • Promoting waste management and cleanliness.

Need for emphasis on other facets:

  • Cleanliness and hygiene should be seen as a continuum not just as construction of toilets. It contains a host of other activities also.
  • Waste management and scientific treatment of waste should be promoted.
  • Urination in the open is still a problem thus a focus is needed there as well.
  • Focus on cleaning polluted ponds and lakes which are becoming grounds for breeding of various vectors and becoming cause of various diseases.
  • Focus on containing the pollution from plastic and other non-degradable objects.

SBM has led to a tremendous increase in the adoption and construction of toilets. It is now the time to broaden its horizon to new facets.

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