Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on October 2, 2014, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The ambitious program aims to take the streets, roads and infrastructure across the country clean.
Sanitation has emerges as a key issue since 2011 census highlighted gloving data on lack of toilets in the country by starting that over 26 million people in India defecate in the open. Launched with an estimated cost of around Rs. 62,009 corer, Swachh Bharat Mission aims to achieve the elimination of open defecation in the country.
Launching the mission, Prime Minister had nominated nine famous personalities for the campaign. They joined the campaign and nominated nine more people. Thus the momentum has been built with people from all walks of life joining it.
Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerela are the three states that have been declared Open Defection Free (ODF) this year. As per government data, as of December 16, over 58% of Indian households have become open defecation free. According to the Union Ministry of Drinking water and sanitation, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Gujratat and Panjab will achieve the ODF status by March 31,2017.
Though the government is putting forward its best efforts, yet we have so far not received the desired result can the front of cleanliness. There is need of an attitudinal change on the part of all citizen to fulfill the mission of a clean India in it’s true Sprit.
Priti Jaydeep Gosavi