Clean India Mission

Beneath the hype

Print edition : October 31, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in New Delhi on October 2. Photo: REUTERS/PTI

The NSSO's 69th round revealed that on average a person in rural India had to spend 20 minutes a day to fetch drinking water. Here, a scene in Adilabad district, Telangana. Photo: S. Harpal Singh

An open drain in Mysore, Karnataka. It is cheaper to make toilets than to pledge funds for extension services such as sewerage pipes or sewage treatment plants. Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

A badly maintained public toilet at a municipal market in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu. Photo: D. Radhakrishnan

The Prime Minister launches the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, or Clean India Mission, with much fanfare but there is little evidence that the government is really addressing the many factors behind the lack of toilets and cleanliness in the country.
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