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Ahead Of Rural Karnataka’s ODF Deadline This October, State Launches Swachhameva Jayate To Make Children Carriers Of Cleanliness

In the last four years, the Karnataka government has constructed 22 lakh toilets and needs five lakh toilets more to declare itself open defecation free

Mumbai: Since the inception of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the government of Karnataka has constructed a total of 22 lakh toilets in 29,736 villages. The state needs another five lakh toilets in its rural areas before October 2 in order to achieve the status of Open Defecation Free (ODF) said Dr. G Parameshwara, Deputy Chief Minister, Karnataka at the launch of Swachhameva Jayate, a rural cleanliness and sanitation campaign. The state-wide educative campaign will aim to boost the Swachh Survkekshan Grameen in all the districts with the help of school children.

As we are heading towards making Karnataka an Open Defecation Free state by October, today we are launching the Swachhameva Jayate campaign in order to achieve complete rural cleanliness, said the Deputy Chief Minister while addressing the crowd gathered at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, the capital city of Karnataka.

The campaign is will be a door-to-door activity headed by children of primary and secondary schools. The children will first be imparted education on the cleanliness survey to be undertaken in rural areas across the country. The Swachh Survekshan Grameen will judge villages and districts based on parameters of cleanliness, hygiene, toilet usage and waste management from August 1 to August 31.

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Once the children are ready to carry forward the information, they will go from one house to another and tell the residents to keep their houses and surroundings clean to score top points in the national survey. Encouraging the people to construct toilets and end open defecation will also be a special part of the awareness initiative.

“We have chosen children as ambassadors of Swachhameva Jayate as they are the ones who can influence a community to maintain cleanliness,” said Krishna Byre Gowda, state rural development minister.

While adult behaviour towards hygiene will take time and effort to change, children are a lot more amenable to change. Children are spontaneous, honest and full of infectious energy. They have the power to create the India of tomorrow, he further added.

Along with spreading awareness about the survey, the state government will also ask every person residing in the rural areas of the state to undertake a pledge for cleanliness.

When every village, every district of Karnataka is clean, practices hygienic toilet habits, is free from stagnant water and is litter free, Karnataka will win. Swachhameva Jayate! reads the first line of the pledge.

Sanitation Status Of Rural Karnataka

Of the total 29,736 villages in the state’s rural areas, 20,826 villages have declared themselves free from open defecation. While 19,712 villages have undergone the third-party verification and received an ODF certificate from the Quality Council of India, the remaining villages have either applied for a third-party verification or are undergoing the same.

The total sanitation coverage, presently, stands at 92.33 per cent from the previous 35.86 per cent during the launch of Clean India Mission in 2014.

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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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