Message from the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation,
Ministry of Jal Shakti
Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), launched on October 2, 2014 by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, is the largest behaviour change campaign ever attempted in the field of sanitation in the world. It aims to build an ODF (Open Defecation Free) and Swachh Bharat by October 2, 2019 as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
India is witnessing a sanitation revolution with sanitation coverage increasing from 38.70% in October 2014 to 99.32% in July 2019. Sanitation has been proven, by various independent studies, to have a positive economic as well as health impact on families in rural India.
So far, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), 9.67 crore toilets have been built, 5.67 lakh villages and over 622 districts, and 30 States and UTs have already been declared ODF.
A recent UNICEF report on the environmental impact of the Swachh Bharat Mission on water, soil and food said that, overall in terms of faecal contamination from human origin, non-ODF villages were on average 12.7 times more likely to have their groundwater sources contaminated; 1.1 times more likely to have their soil contaminated; and 2.16 times more likely to have food contaminated and 2.48 times more likely to have household drinking water contaminated. The study findings indicate that these substantial reductions may potentially be attributed to the improvement in sanitation and hygiene practices, as well as supportive systems such as regular monitoring and behaviour change messaging.
An earlier survey conducted by an Independent Verification Agency across 90,000 households in over 6000 villages has found the rural toilet coverage to be 77% and the usage of these toilets to be 93.4%. The progress is accelerating every day and the Mission is on track to achieve an ODF India before October 2nd, 2019.
This web-based knowledge portal will help users find information pertaining to sanitation quickly and efficiently. The simple and collaborative portal will record good practices, local solutions and innovations from the states, district and gram panchayats, which can directly upload information. It is hoped that this web-based knowledge portal will facilitate knowledge and experience sharing to accelerate SBM implementation; and empower individuals working in SBM with the collective knowledge of the entire country.
A user guide with step by step instructions is available to provide essential information for the users to contribute as well as to use resources from the knowledge portal. It includes detailed description with step-by-step instructions and screenshots for accessing different features; while providing guidelines for selecting, validating and sharing relevant and accurate knowledge.