India sees dip in soil pollution due to Swachh Bharat: UNICEF study | india news | Hindustan Times…
UNICEF study released on Wednesday claimed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet scheme, Swachh Bharat [Clean India] mission, has reduced ground water contamination in many villages while another study by ....... (2/n)
.........Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said the scheme mobilised around Rs 23,000 crore for creating awareness on sanitation in rural areas. (3/n)
UNICEF study, based on ground reports 4m 3 states - Bihar, Odisha and West Bengal — said that groundwater samples suggested that villages not ODF were 11.25 times more likely to have groundwater sources contaminated with faecal matters as compared to ODF villages. (4/n)
soil contamination was found to be 1.13 times more likely in non-ODF villages as compared to ODF villages. Similarly, non-ODF villages are 1.48 times more likely to have their food contaminated and 2.68 times more likely to have household drinking water contaminated. (5/n)
The two reports were released on the World Environment Day and representatives of both institutions lauded the political will of the government for pursuing this scheme. (6/n)
A World Health Organization study in 2018 said that 3 lakh lives would be annually saved once 100% ODF is achieved. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar claimed Swachh Bharat Mission has become a people’s movement. (7/n)
“People made whistle gangs to taunt anyone who would sit in the field. Thousands of women started using toilets. Earlier toilets were made, but not used. We will go forward to provide more toilets as poor people want to aspire,” he said. (8/n)
Yasmin Ali Haque, the UNICEF representative in India, said that children are acting as key agents of change. “Now 96.5% toilets are being used regularly. We have seen children are eager to change things. The Swachh Bharat Mission has to be continued and sustained.” (9/n)
Among the three states, Bihar is the worst in terms of food and drinking water contamination in its non-ODF villages. The study says in such villages of Bihar, 66.7% of food sources are contaminated with feacal matters. (10/n)
The corresponding figures for Odisha and Bengal are 57.1% and 47.1%, respectively. But in ODF villages of Bihar and Bengal. Lets hope more and more people especially RW talk about this , instead of useless stuff. (11/n) (n/n)
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