In a big boost to PM Modi Government World Bank has lauded Prime Minister Modi’s dream mission “Swachh Bharat” as “The Biggest Sanitation Movement”
Addressing a convention on sanitation UNICEF regional director Jean Gough said “When you see the progress we have made to reduce open defecation and ensure that everyone has access to improved sanitation, it is hard to believe that just a few years ago, the word open defecation was a taboo. But countries like India have broken that silence and made open defecation free (ODF) a political priority.”
UNICEF executive director Henrietta H Fore also praised the efforts carried out by India. She further stressed upon the need of using the toilets made. She said “The countries should not only build toilets but should make people understand why it is the healthier option to choose for their health and their children’s future. She further said “Change should be brought in the behavior of the people”
World Bank Vice President for South Asia region, Hartwig Schafer gave full credit of the mission to PM Modi. He said “It is only due to Prime Minister Modi’s effort that the mission has turned into reality”. He further said it is not only the sanitation mission but “a growth mission”
PM Modi’s programme has been lauded worldwide. It has been also praised by International Monetary Fund (IMF) last year. In its report IMF clearly indicates that PM Modi is the only politician who has really cared about women’s rights and issues like sanitation
World Health Organization (WHO) also acknowledged the mission saying that Swachh Bharat Grameen initiative has saved more than over 3 lakh deaths due to sanitation-related infectious diseases during 2014 and 2018
World Bank has also extended support to the mission by lending its hand and assisting with the aid of $1,500 million for projects under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) [(SBM(G)].
Co-founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Bill Gates recently at one of the events named Goalkeepers in New York; applauded India’s efforts to focus on sanitation. He praised how India has taken best use of technology for its programme.
He further said that the country must use technology and innovation to improve sewage processing capabilities as well as to generate zero waste. About Clean India Initiative, he said “What I love most about Clean India is that it identified a big problem, got everyone working on it, and is using measurement to show where things need to be done differently. He praised PM Modi’s vision of talking about a “sensitive topic” so openly and his willingness to back up his emotional appeal with an ambitious plan of action.
Even the Prime Minister of one of the cleanest cities in the world, Singapore Lee Hsien Loong has also lauded ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’yesterday on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The PM of Singapore said that India has achieved great success in last four years by building more than 86 million toilets under Prime Minister Modi’s Clean India programme.
He praised PM Modi for his involvement in making country clean and green “Both countries’ experiences demonstrate the importance of vision and leadership. The late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and Prime Minister Modi both made it a priority to keep the country clean and green. They personally led public campaigns to raise awareness and mobilise the masses. Both picked up brooms and joined the people to clean the streets.” said the Singapore PM.
Swachh Bharat Mission was launched to turn Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of cleanliness into reality and achieve the goal of ensuring 100% sanitation coverage for India
With a year more left for meeting the deadline of the project to make India open defecation by October 2, 2019 Indian government has successfully built over 86.6 million toilets across the country since the launch of programme. Also, a total of 513 districts and 25 states in the country have been declared open defecation free.
Source : TimesofIndia