Swachha Bharat for Swasthan Bharat – Clean In­dia for a Healthy In­dia

Sustainabilitynext - - Bookshelf - Dr. Nimish Shah, Sapna Ink, sap­naon­line.com

Mahatma Gandhi fa­mously said “San­i­ta­tion is more im­por­tant than free­dom.” Yet, 70 years af­ter In­de­pen­dence, half of In­di­ans still defe­cate in the open. Public in­vest­ment in health­care and pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion has been the least and the re­sults are there out in the open. The cur­rent move­ment is in the right di­rec­tion, but needs greater ex­e­cu­tion ex­cel­lence for it to suc­ceed. For ex­am­ples, build­ing toi­lets is not a big deal, a sys­tem of main­tain­ing it is more chal­leng­ing.

The book rightly links san­i­ta­tion with health­care. If san­i­ta­tion is im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly, health­care costs would go down sharply. The author brings out var­i­ous link­ages quite well. Cit­i­zens need to ap­ply in­tense pres­sure on public pol­icy mak­ers and im­ple­menters about this. Other­wise, In­dia’s hu­man de­vel­op­ment in­dex will con­tinue to linger around 130 for ever.

The author is a sci­en­tist with ex­per­tise across Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, Water, San­i­ta­tion, & Hy­giene and food safety.

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