The nation succeeded in a Jan Andolan, people rallied to the cause. It was Swachh Bharat Mission-I and the second phase started in 2019-2020 and the sanitation cause expanded, says Iyer.
The recently appointed CEO of NITI Aayog, Parameswaran Iyer spoke about expanding the reach of the sanitation and cleanliness campaign in the country during Harpic’s Network 18 telethon and Mission Swachhta aur Paani on the occasion of the World Toilet Day Saturday. Elaborating on the work done by the government in the first phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) and the focus areas of the second phase of the SBM, he said: “There is still work to be done, the work on sanitation never stops. .”
Virtually joining the telethon, Iyer highlighted the success achieved under SBM-I and the road ahead while interacting with Shereen Bhan, Anand Narasimhan and Mission Swachhta aur Paani Brand Ambassador, Akshay Kumar.
“The nation has achieved a Jan Andolan, people have joined the cause. It was Swachh Bharat Mission-I and now the second phase has started in 2019-20. The cause of sanitation has expanded to solid waste management and liquid waste management in urban and rural settings. But, clearly, more work to do, the work on sanitation never stops,” Iyer said.
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Iyer, who led the execution of India’s flagship Swachh Bharat mission, said the biggest inspiration for the mission was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in his speech at the Red Fort on August 15 2014, spoke of the indignity for women and girls to go out and defecate in the open, then he made a commitment and kept it.
CEO of NITI Aayog added that the initiative has been pursued with all state governments and there have been huge achievements so far.
Iyer, who took charge of NITI Aayog in July this year, said the think tank is working closely with the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to convey the general message of swachta forward. He drew attention to the government’s emphasis on policy implementation.
Akshay Kumar revealed that Iyer was the one who first introduced him to the Swachh Bharat mission and made him an integral part of the campaign.
A major 8-hour telethon under the leadership of Mission Swachhta aur Paani is being held on November 19, World Toilet Day, to mobilize India for better sanitation. Mission Swachhta aur Paani, an initiative of Network 18 and Harpic advocates equality for all genders, abilities, castes and classes and strongly believes that clean toilets are a shared responsibility.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)
First post: STI