Sunday, 29 March 2015

Swachh Bharat: A Dream that has the potential to be a Reality

We live in a country where number of people who have a cell phone is higher than the number who has access to a toilet. Shocking right?

The lack of toilets paired with bad sanitation is the world’s biggest problem and sadly India leads the way in open defecation. More unfortunate are our country’s little girls and women, because it is not just the wilderness and diseases that they have to safeguard themselves from but from men, who disregard them at the earliest chance.

Luckily 2014-15 have witnessed a change in the tide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the “Clean India Mission” campaign (“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”) which directed the much needed attention to our surroundings and the ‘big’ problem of ‘toilets’.

  • Construction of toilets under the project has gone up to 7.1 lakh individual household toilets in January. This number is way short of ‘1.2 crore toilets’ target, still it is promising. However government needs to gain speed to accomplish 100%, no open defecation across country.
  • Contributing to the mission is a company from West Bengal, Sangam Prefab Concrete Products Pvt. Ltd. They have introduced low cost portable and bio toilets under their brand “SWACHH TOILET” to contribute to the urgency of the situation. They believe that “Toilet” is a must for a healthy life and they are doing their share to protect the dignity of our country.


People from all spheres of life have joined the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ campaign but it is still a long path down the aisle. A food for thought - If every individual in a country of 1.25 billion just do their ‘bit’, we might not be far behind in accomplishing a cleaner, healthier and a better India to live in. Yes, we can make a difference but only if we believe that we can.

Are you doing your bit?

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