‘Swachh Bharat work cre­ates 70cr man days’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Di­pak.Dash@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Con­struc­tion of toi­lets in vil­lages has gen­er­ated nearly 70 crore man-days since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mis­sion in 2014, the gov­ern­ment said on Fri­day.

“Con­struc­tion of one toi­let takes three days and three peo­ple are en­gaged. So far about 7.7 core toi­lets have been built. You can calculate the man-days of work gen­er­ated be­cause of toi­let con­struc­tion,” drink­ing water and san­i­ta­tion sec­re­tary Parameswaran Iyer told TOI.

Sources said the indi­rect eco­nomic im­pact of toi­let con­struc­tion and their us­age is huge as it pushed con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties across vil­lages be­sides push­ing the de­mand of toi­let ac­ces­sories across the coun­try. “This is also the world’s big­gest be­hav­iour change pro­gramme and that too in short­est time,” Iyer said.

Af­ter ac­cel­er­at­ing the toi­let cov­er­age from merely 39% to 88% in less than four years, the gov­ern­ment on Thurs­day launched a month-long Swach­hta sur­vey across 6,980 vil­lages in 698 dis­tricts. The san­i­ta­tion min­istry said 34,000 pub­lic places such as schools, an­gan­wadis, pub­lic health cen­tre­sand re­li­gious places will be vis­ited for sur­vey.

Cit­i­zens’ feed­back will be col­lected from over 50 lakh peo­ple on Swachh Bharat Mis­sion re­lated is­sues through di­rect and on­line in­ter­ac­tions.

The rank­ing of all the dis­tricts on clean mu­nic­i­pal ar­eas will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 2 and they will re­ceive award as well. Be­sides avail­abil­ity of toi­lets, us­age and hy­giene of toi­lets, sta­tus of lit­ter­ing and stag­nant water will be the pa­ram­e­ters for as­sess­ment. Cit­i­zens’ feed­back and di­rect ob­ser­va­tion by third party will have 70% weigh­tage for rank­ing of dis­tricts.

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