THE COST OF CLEAN­ING IN­DIA

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Ma­hatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary be­came an oc­ca­sion to cel­e­brate Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s sig­na­ture Swachh Bharat cam­paign. Modi and vice pres­i­dent Venka­iah Naidu have said that for the Ma­hatma clean­li­ness was more im­por­tant than po­lit­i­cal free­dom. Of course, Gandhi’s birth­day is also now the birth­day of the Swachh Bharat cam­paign, which turned three on Mon­day (Oc­to­ber 2). The World Bank promised a loan of around $1.5 bil­lion for the cam­paign’s rural san­i­ta­tion ef­forts, but has yet to re­lease any funds af­ter de­scrib­ing progress and im­ple­men­ta­tion as “moderately un­sat­is­fac­tory”. Toi­lets are be­ing built at break­neck speed but ques­tions re­main about the cam­paign’s wider ef­fec­tive­ness.

45 MIL­LION

HOUSE­HOLD TOI­LETS BUILT SINCE LAUNCH OF SWACHH BHARAT AB­HIYAN--GRAMIN, SAYS GOV­ERN­MENT

91.3 PER CENT

OF PEO­PLE WITH AC­CESS TO TOI­LETS USE THEM, SAYS QCI SUR­VEY; VER­I­FI­CA­TION IS SKETCHY

` 1,200 CRORE

THE MONEY BUD­GETED PER TOI­LET BUILT

` 50,000 PER YEAR

IS WHAT PM MODI SAYS FAM­I­LIES WOULD SAVE IN MED­I­CAL EX­PENSES IF THEY ADOPTED BET­TER SAN­I­TA­TION

62.5 PER CENT

OF HOUSE­HOLDS IN RURAL IN­DIA HAVE AC­CESS TO A TOI­LET, SAYS A QUAL­ITY COUN­CIL OF IN­DIA (QCI) SUR­VEY FROM JUNE 2017, UP FROM 38% IN 2014

220,104 VIL­LAGES

OUT OF OVER 640,000 IN IN­DIA HAVE BEEN DE­CLARED OPEN DEFE­CA­TION FREE, AS HAVE 160 DIS­TRICTS AND 5 STATES

$53.8 BIL­LION

IN­DIA IS LOS­ING EV­ERY YEAR DUE TO ‘IN­AD­E­QUATE SAN­I­TA­TION’, SAYS UNICEF

`13,948 CRORE

BUD­GET AL­LO­CA­TION, 20172018, FOR THE SWACHH BHARAT AB­HIYAN--GRAMIN, SAYS CEN­TRE FOR POL­ICY RE­SEARCH RE­PORT, UP FROM Rs 2,850 CRORE IN 2014-2015

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