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World Toilet Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Reiterates Importance Of Having A Toilet At Home, Says Committed To Improving Sanitation Facilities

On World Toilet Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, “We reaffirm our commitment towards improving sanitation facilities across our nation.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Leads The Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign, Performs ‘Shramdaan’ For Toilet Construction In Varanasi

New Delhi: On World Toilet Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reaffirmed the centre’s commitment towards improving sanitation in the country. PM Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014 with a mission to eradicate open defecation from the country by 2019. Through a short video clip on Twitter, PM Modi reiterated the importance of ending the age-old tradition of open defecation in the country, adding that this is “the best gift that can be given to women.”

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan Appeals India To Eliminate Diseases By Eradicating Open Defecation

In the same video, he spoke about the revolution of toilets being built in the country under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, he adds,

What yesterday was termed as sauchalaya, today is being termed as ‘Izzat Ghar’, thanks to states like Uttar Pradesh.

He further adds,

Today, I am happy to see daughters of India demanding toilets before marriage, school girls are more educated when it comes to their sanitation and hygiene. They see the facilities and then take admission. This wasn’t there before. Earlier, people use to think whatever is being offered is fine, we will suffer. But, the question is why should our daughters suffer.

He also said,

Till the time, you will not see swacchta from the perspective of a women, you will not know the power of Swachh Bharat mission.

PM Modi, also commended those that contributed towards driving the momentum of the flagship mission, he adds, “I compliment all those individuals and organisations working towards building more toilets in various parts of India. Their invaluable contribution adds solid momentum to Swachh Bharat Mission.”

World Toilet Day is celebrated with the aim to eradicate open defecation from the world by 2030 and recognise the action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The United Nations General Assembly officially in 2013 designated November 19 as World Toilet Day.

Today, 4.5 billion people across the world live without a household toilet, speaking about India, as per the latest report by WaterAid called ‘Out of Order – The State of the World’s Toilets 2017’, the number of people without basic sanitation facilities in India stands at 73 crore. Simultaneously, the percentage for people without access to a basic sanitation facility is at 56 per cent, indicating that more than half of India’s population still lacks access to basic sanitation.

Also Read: India Fares Worse Than China And Bangladesh As More Than Half The Population Still Lacks Access To Basic Sanitation, WaterAid Report

The aim of the government is to make approximately 11 crore toilets and end open defecation by 2019 out of which about 5.3 crore toilets have been built so far since 2014.

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