The writer is secretary, Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation. Views are personal.
In this threat is also an opportunity for the world — to make handwashing with soap the default behaviour and a key public health objective, even after the threat of the virus is behind us.
It is fairly clear now that investment in sanitation is actually a facilitator for broader economic, health and social gains. This is the chain of arguments that we encouraged the sanitation ministers of Africa assembled at Addis Ababa to use to bring their finance ministries on board.
A prime minister in the 1980s had famously said that of every rupee spent by the government, only 15 paise reached the intended beneficiaries. This statement symbolised the skew in emphasis on “policy” in favour of “implementation”.
When the benefits of government schemes are actually reaching the intended beneficiaries much more than ever before, the incentive to deny having facilities is at its highest. On the contrary, what does the household gain by acknowledging that it in fact does have access to the facility? Nothing.
He took to running, like a duck to water, and regularly ran 10-15 milers early morning. Once, in the dark of an early Delhi winter morning, he collided with a buffalo on Janpath road.
As the states prepare to dedicate an open defecation free (ODF) country to Gandhi@150, it is timely for us to analyse how this campaign became the global benchmark for participatory and transformative development.
Proposed Jal Jeevan Mission will be a decentralised, community-managed and sustainable water management scheme
Just like the country did in the Swachh Bharat Mission, India could lay out a template for other countries on securing national water security by integrating fragmented institutions and making water security everyone’s business.
Swachh Bharat Mission has had to overcome a ‘degree of difficulty’ to bring about behavioural change.
Secretaries to the Government of India are playing evolving, increasingly multi-dimensional, roles.
Swachh Bharat Mission has achieved what previous sanitation drives could not. This owes much to the PM’s initiative
If you add value to the system, bureaucracy will be welcoming and accommodative
The nation symbolically bound in the fabric of swachhata, with everyone offering their service for nation-building, would be most satisfying for the Mahatma.
GOBAR-Dhan initiative will aid Swachh Bharat, increase rural incomes
In three years, Swachh Bharat Mission has become a mass movement.
Swachh Bharat Mission is about behaviour change vis a vis sanitation. Five states, 186 districts and over 2,31,000 villages have been declared as open defecation free