Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' created a mega impact in society as it was launched on October 2, the day Mahatma Gandhi was born.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself launched this mission and took it to masses. According to data available on www.narendramodi.in, the BJP-led NDA government constructed 58,55666 toilets in its one year regime compared to UPA's last year of rule (2013-14) 49,76,294 toilets.
Former PM Rajiv Gandhi had in 1986 launched the Central Rural Sanitation Programme. In 1999, when BJP-led Atal Bihari Vajpayee government came to power at the Centre, the Complete Sanitation Campaign was launched. But no previous government had shown commitment exhibited by PM Modi.
The programme includes elimination of open defecation, conversion of unsanitary toilets to pour flush toilets, eradication of manual scavenging, municipal solid waste management and bringing about a behavioural change in people regarding healthy sanitation practices.
Government will construct 11 crore toilets in these 5 years at the cost of Rs 1.34 lakh crore to end the highly unsanitary practice of open defecation in India.
The national campaign covers 4041 statutory towns across India.