New Delhi: According to census 2011, about 2.68 crore people in India fall under the category of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) and yet most of our public/community toilets or individual toilets are not disable-friendly. In a bid to enhance sensitivity and develop an ecosystem for creating a barrier-free environment for disabled people, the government under Swachh Bharat Mission has come up with a new initiative – ‘San-Sadhan’ hackathon, wherein the centre is inviting various start-ups, student innovators, technology enthusiasts, academicians and industry experts to participate and create composite and affordable toilets for the physically challenged people or Divyangs.
Inviting the entries for the cause that aims to set up functional, accessible and well-maintained toilets for the disabled people, the Prime Minister recently said,
A novel effort that will help several Indians! We have just launched the SAN-Sadhan Hackathon, a nationwide hackathon for innovations for Divyang Accessible Toilets. Apply now.
A novel effort that will help several Indians! @SwachhBharat just launched the SAN-Sadhan Hackathon, a nationwide hackathon for innovations for Divyang Accessible Toilets.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 17, 2019
Participants can enter the Hackathon by entering in any of the four categories:
- Rural individual use toilet
- Rural community use toilet
- Urban individual use toilet
- Urban community use toilet
At the end of the Hackathon, two winners will be identified in each category, who will get Rs 2 Lakh (first winner) and Rs 50,000 (second winner) respectively.
The last date to apply for participating in the Hackathon is August 28 and the exhibition will take place from September 14-15 in the national capital where new technologies – low-cost toilets for the physically challenged people or Divyangs will be showcased.
Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat inviting participants for the Hackathon said,
We are working towards providing better toilet facilities to our divyangs, for this, recently, we have also launched San-Sadhan hackathon and are inviting all the innovators to work with us an contribute towards the cause. I urge all the participants to come and join us in this work through this hackathon and help us set up functional, accessible, well-maintained and economical toilets for the disabled people.
Your chance to make a difference!
— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) August 22, 2019