Swachh Bharat’s Success: Better Community Participation for a Modern India

Under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Indore emerged as the cleanest city as Modi proudly claimed that it has transformed into a ‘people’s movement’. Reportedly, it was argued that the ‘abhiyaan’ would have the power to eradicate infectious diseases and premature deaths and provide its rural India with basic amenities like sanitation services, education on personal hygiene as well as the privilege to practice it and fresh drinking water. Four years later if you are willing to analyse the success rate of the mission, you would not be disappointed with the result. Today, the campaign stands for itself and has substantially achieved a level of awareness among the rural Indians, many who still openly defecate.

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The Success Story So Far

The stats have shown the growth of abhiyaan in India as taken from 2nd October ’18.


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Percentage of households without access to sanitation.


Growth in population and access to sanitation in India


At Lucknow, a team is dedicatedly working for contributing towards Open Defecation Free (ODF), a different picture of India altogether when urban chawls were the congregation of diseases. New official guidelines introduced pertaining to issues like the contamination of groundwater, and excreta management, as an optimistic Indian one can only hope that silver lining is lurking in the vicinity.

The abhiyaan, as the statistics say, has started working at the grassroots level and has systematically destroyed the idea of any hoax show of modesty, where women are forced to crouch in the open. It is because of the very participation of people that helped India to progress towards establishing or adapting to a global standard of sanitation.


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