Plan to make cities and towns garbage free under Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0: Hardeep Singh Puri

NEW DELHI, 07 December 2022: Mr Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs, and Petroleum and Natural Gas, Govt of India today said that India has witnessed a transformative change in sanitation since 2014. “Under the leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, cleanliness has become a foundational tenet in not just every government scheme but also in the way of citizens lives,” he added.

 

Addressing the 6th edition of ISC-FICCI Sanitation Awards and India Sanitation Conclave’, Mr Puri said that the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)-Urban was the first large scale program to include the principle of ‘Jan Bhagidari’ thereby transforming a government scheme into a national ‘Jan andolan’. He added that today the social movement that the SBM initiated continues to grow and every other local body in the country has been declared as Open Defecation Free. “Over 96 per cent of the wards have attained a 100 per cent door-to-door collection of solid waste and over 88 per cent of the wards have also achieved 100 per cent source segregation of waste. Soon, we will not just reach the target of 100 per cent solid waste management but also manage legacy waste in our urban areas. It means, our next target is to make our cities and towns garbage free in the Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0,” added Mr Puri.

 

The Minister stated that as we look forward to the next phase of urban India sanitation journey, it is important to highlight the role that industry will play in facilitating an inclusive and sustainable sanitation eco-system. “In the past few years, private sector participation has been one of the key drivers of innovations in waste management and circular economy in the country,” he emphasized.

 

Mr Puri also highlighted that it is imperative that the expertise and resources of the private sector are leveraged even more closely in the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission so that we can develop and implement scalable and efficient solutions for solid and liquid waste management.

 

Over the years, the India Sanitation Coalition has been working towards building synergies between the government and the industry even as it has promoted best practices and innovations in sanitation.

“The Coalition has done a commendable job in enabling an environment that is aligned with the Swachh Bharat Mission,” stressed Mr Puri.

 

Mr Subhrakant Panda, President-Elect, FICCI said that WASH is not only a necessity but its interlinkages with other important aspects like gender, livelihoods, education, climate, etc. make it a prerequisite for creating resilient communities living in healthy environments. He further stated that the role of CSR investment in WASH is certainly vital in achieving the SDG-6 goal. “The role of private sector in this will be to bring innovation, technology, and years of market experience to meet the sanitation challenges. We need to shift from anecdotal feedback we have on the business benefits of WASH interventions to a more robust evidence base to build stronger business case,” he added.

 

Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chair, India Sanitation Coalition at FICCI said that the silver lining of COVID was that it brought the sanitation value chain to the forefront. “Safely managed sanitation is essential to protecting the health of individuals and communities,” she added.

 

Dr RA Mashelkar, National Research Professor and Chair, Awards Jury said that we must focus not just on inclusive growth but on an accelerated inclusive growth and innovation which will have a key role in achieving the desired result.

 

“The purpose of the purpose is the purpose,” said Mr Ravi Bhatnagar, Director, External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt Benckiser while he announced the winner of Rashid Kidwai Innovation in Sanitation Awards.

The event was moderated by Ms Natasha Patel, Chief Executive Officer, India Sanitation Coalition.

 

1 ISC-FICCI Sanitation Awards 2022 Best corporate initiative in Sanitation Kimberley – Clark Professional
2 Best Non-profit engagement model in sanitation: Urban Centre for Policy Research, India
3 Best Non-profit engagement model in sanitation: Rural Gramalaya
4 Best Communication in Sanitation: Traditional Kendriya Vidalaya no.1, Roorkee
5 Best Communication in Sanitation: Digital Urban Management Centre
6 Best Innovative Financial Accessibility model for WASH Friends of Women’s World Banking, India
7 Best Engagement Model in Sanitation by a Social Enterprise / Start-up Loocafe
8 Best Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Model Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation
9 Best Skilling Initiative for Sanitation District Administration Jajpur
10 Excellence on Work for Upliftment of Sanitation Workers Kam Foundation
11 Women Changemakers in Sanitation Soumya Dabriwal
12 Women Changemakers in Sanitation Sasmita Barik
13 Women Changemakers in Sanitation Dr. Smita Singh
14 Rashid Kidwai Innovation in Sanitation Awards 2022 Prototype to Market Ecovia

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