(GIST OF YOJANA) Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Launched - May - 2017
'Swachh Swasth Sarvatra', an inter-ministerial joint initiative between the
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare was launched in the Capital recently. 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.
The objective of the 'Swachh Swasth Sarvatra' initiative is to build on and
leverage achievements of two complementary programmes - Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)
and Kayakalp - of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare, respectively. Under this initiative:
(a) 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.
(b) 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
By merging the goals of Swachh Bharat with the Health Ministry's focus on
health, the needle will move from hospital-care to healthcare, i.e. from
treatment of diseases to prevention of diseases by focussing on improved overall
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.
Courtesy : Yojana