Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya Contest: 10 Lakh Toilets In India Decorated To Spread The Message Of Swachh Bharat Mission10 lakh toilets beautified and counting, here's how rural India is coming together and participating in ‘Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya Contest’

New Delhi: 36-year-old Sunita Kumari from Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh stands with her 14-year-old daughter, next to her fully decorated toilet, sporting a Swachh message – ‘We will marry our daughter, where there is a toilet’. Not just Sunita, today more than 10 lakh toilets in rural parts of India have been decorated with messages of Swachhata or cleanliness. Thanks to the unique competition ‘Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya Contest’ (Clean Beautiful Toilet Contest) that has been started by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MoDW&S) with a motto to promote toilet usage, and mobilise rural households to beautify their toilets.

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The one month contest that began from January 1 encourages each and every district, village or rural block of India to decorate their toilet by painting murals, imbibing local art, incorporating Swachh Bharat Mission messages and logo in order to create awareness about the Clean India campaign and motivate those people who are still unaware about the mission. People have been asked to share the pictures of their beautified toilets on social media – twitter and facebook, with the hashtag #MyIzzatGhar or upload on the government portal.

The ministry has set an evaluation committee which will judge and come up with the list of awardees – individual households will get awards for innovative paintings, while, districts will be rewarded for getting the maximum number of toilets painted.

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According to the ministry, this contest has achieved new heights, as already 475 districts in 28 states have decorated more than 6 lakh toilets in rural India.

Here are some of the best pictures of the toilets that are successfully spreading the message of Swachh Bharat Mission:

This beautiful decoration of individual household toilets is from Karimnagar district in Telangana. The toilet art is spreading the message of why families should opt for a toilet and say no to open defecation and how they should together follow basic sanitation rules so that the toilet is always clean

This individual toilet from Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh showcase how children are leading the cause of Swachh Bharat Mission and stopping elders from practicing open defecation

In Varkund panchayat of Daman district, people have decorated toilets with floral  patterns and Swachh Bharat Mission logo  along with slogans that guide people to fulfill the dream of Mahatma Gandhi and make India clean and swachh by using toilets and saying no to open defecation

These proud women of Rajasthan are spreading the message of ‘toilet is my pride’ by standing next to the decorated toilets with a hope that other women too will take a cue from them and start using the facilities at home

With messages like ‘Make India Swachh’, ‘Keep Your Toilets Clean’, people from Maharashtra showcased  their creativity in their own way

With messages like ‘Help us keep the environment clean, use a toilet’ and ‘wash your hands after using a toilet’, participants from Jammu and Kashmir are spreading the swachh agenda

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Here are some more beautifully decorate toilets 

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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