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Economic Survey: ‘Swachh Bharat’ Needs to Move to ‘Sundar Bharat’

The survey said these efforts will culminate in "Swachh" (clean), "Swasth" (healthy) and "Sundar" (beautiful) Bharat

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Since October 2, 2014, over 9.5 crore toilets have been built all over the country and 5,64,658 villages have been declared ODF. Wikimedia Commons

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – one of the flagship schemes of the Modi government – has been a great success and will take the country towards a Sundar Bharat, according to the Economic Survey.

The survey said these efforts will culminate in “Swachh” (clean), “Swasth” (healthy) and “Sundar” (beautiful) Bharat.

“Going forward, the Swachh Bharat mission needs to incorporate environmental and water management issues for sustainable improvements in the long term,” said the survey.

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The survey said these efforts will culminate in “Swachh” (clean), “Swasth” (healthy) and “Sundar” (beautiful) Bharat. Wikimedia Commons

Becoming Open Defecation Free (ODF) has also reduced deaths due to diarrhoea, malaria especially among under-five children, stillbirths and newborns with weight less than 2.5 kgs, and thereby improved child health and nutrition. This effect is particularly pronounced in districts where Individual Household Latrine (IHHL) coverage was lower.

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As per the Economic Survey, through the Swachh Bharat mission, 99.2 per cent of rural India has been covered. Since October 2, 2014, over 9.5 crore toilets have been built all over the country and 5,64,658 villages have been declared ODF. (IANS)

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Anupam Kher: Can’t Judge Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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Mumbai, Oct 2 : As Bollywood celebrated the Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas here to mark the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, actor Anupam Kher criticised those finding faults with the government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and called for contribution instead of judgements.

Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Kailash Kher were also present at the event.

Asked whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative is working or not, Kher said: “You can’t judge a campaign like this in terms of whether it is working or not… I think this is a revolution and things like these take time to gather momentum.

“But we are witnessing the result right now in our country, we are here organising such a massive event and Amitabh Bachchan is participating in it, so it speaks for itself on the success level.

“So rather than pointing out things which are lacking, I think contributing would go a long way.”

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, that aims for a cleaner and more hygienic India, has been one of the key initiatives of the Modi government. The cleanliness drive was launched on October 2, 2014 to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Kher also cited his recent experience of working with a crew to clean a busy street of Juhu.

“I would see this pile of garbage every day on my way to work, right in front of shops on the main road itself. I tried to talk to people and shopkeepers to have it clean but things didn’t work out.

“So I cleaned it myself. And I agree with what Amitabh Bachchan said ‘you’re always a little hesitant to make a clean place dirty’, which is very true. I can keep my ten yards clean, I am sure we Indians owe that much to our country,” he said.

Contribute towards cleanliness and also pay special attention to toilets for females, especially in smaller cities and towns, added Kher. (IANS)