The Gist of Kurukshetra : Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Launched -
May - 2017
'Swachh Swasth Sarvatra' is an inter-ministerial joint lnltiative between the
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare. It was launched to commemorate the Good Governance Day 2016 in the
presence of the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Human
Resource Development, and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
Another joint initiative, 'Swasth Bacche Swasth Bharat', between Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource Development was
also launched on the occasion.
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has declared over 700 blocks as
Open Defecation Free (ODF). Community Health Centres (CHCs) in ODF blocks of the
country will be allocated Rs 10 lakhs under National Health Mission (NHM) to
focus on sanitation and hygiene.
Under Kayakalp, one Primary Health Centre (PHCs) in each district is awarded
for meeting quality standards including sanitation and hygiene. Under SBM, the
Gram Panchayat in which the PHC which gets awarded under Kayakalp for that
district will be noted, and special focus will be given to make it ODF at the
The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare said that this initiative would
be a very important step towards convergence of various government schemes and
programmes. By merging the goals of Swachh Bharat with his Ministry's focus on
health, the two will be able to move the needle from hospital-care to
healthcare, i.e. from treatment of diseases to prevention of diseases by
focussing on improved overall health.
Union Minister of Human Resource Development called the power of children as
agents of change. He said that Swachh Bharat focusses on mindset change - which
does not need any big technological or infrastructural intervention - but a
focussed behaviour change campaign. Educated children will be the best agents to
spread the message of sanitation to their parents. By focusing on children,
Swachh Swasth Sarvatra will lead to an ODF India by 2019.
Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, said that over 70
districts, over 700 blocks, and over 1.3 lakh villages of the country have
achieved ODF status so far, and many others are very close to the target. He
highlighted convergence across Ministries undertaken to launch Swachh Swasth
Sarvatra as the perfect example of the Prime Minister's message to make SBM a
jon aandolan, i.e. sanitation as everybody's business. He said that another
collaboration is underway between Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and
the Ministry of Human Resource Development for focused action in the sector of
Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, spoke about how, the small
cost of focusing on clean, sanitary and hygienic health centres in the country,
will lead to huge health benefits in terms of avoidable communicable diseases
through the initiative. He also lauded the commitment and dedication shown by
SBM and health functionaries at grassroots, who are working on the frontlines to
bring about this revolution in the country.
Courtesy : Kurukshetra