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Budget 2019 On Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: 5 Things Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal Said In His Budget Speech

Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced the Interim Budget 2019 in Lok Sabha and touched on topics that impact clean air, water and achievements of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Budget 2019 On Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: 5 Things Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal Said In His Budget Speech

New Delhi: Interim Finance Minister Piyush Goyal tabled the Interim Budget 2019 in Lok Sabha. The budget which is the last budget before 2019 Lok Sabha elections, touched upon a range of topics that impact access to Swachh Hawa, Paani, Zammen (Clean air, water and land). Highlighting the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan – nationwide cleanliness campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, Mr Goyal said, “India has achieved 98 per cent rural sanitation coverage and as many as 5.45 lakh villages have been declared open defecation free (ODF). It is a holistic programme and has succeeded in changing the mindset of our people. With the people participation, they transformed it from a government scheme to a national movement.”

5 Things On Swachh Bharat Abhiyan In Piyush Goyal’s Interim Budget 2019:

  1. The Finance Minister Piyush Goyal spoke about Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana which aims at transforming the life of rural women by replacing traditional, more polluting fuel for cooking, like firewood, with cleaner fuel like LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). The scheme that was launched on May 1, 2016 with a mission to provide free five crore LPG connections raised its target to 8 crore in 2018. Today, more than six crore connections have already been provided and the remaining will get free gas connections by next year.


  2. Addressing the issue of climate change in his budget speech, the Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said, “Our commitment to promote renewable energy is reflected in setting up the International Solar Alliance, the first treaty based international inter-governmental organisation headquartered in India. India’s installed solar generation capacity has grown over ten times in last five years. This sector is now creating lakhs of new age jobs.”
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  3. Mr Goyal laid out government’s vision for ten most important dimensions in 2030 under which pollution free India and clean rivers with safe drinking water to all Indians, found a mention.
  4. Vision 2030: The third dimension of government’s vision 2030 is to make India a pollution free nation and one of the measures is giving a boost to electric vehicles and making renewables a major source of energy. Mr Goyal said, “India will lead the world in the transport revolution through electric vehicles and energy storage devices, bringing down import-dependence on oil and gas and ensuring energy security for our people.”
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  5. Considering the deteriorating state of rivers in India, especially Ganga, and lack of safe drinking water, the fifth dimension of government’s vision 2030 has been reserved for clean rivers, with safe drinking water to all Indians, sustaining and nourishing life and efficient use of water in irrigation using micro-irrigation techniques.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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