Swachh Bharat Mission Current Affairs - 2020

What is Swachh Bharat Kranti?

“Swachh Bharat Kranti” is a translated copy of the book “Swachh Bharat Revolution”. Swachh Bharat Kranti is a Hindi version and Swachh Bharat Revolution is the English version.

On August 5, 2020, the Hindi version of Swachh Bharat Revolution was launched by the Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development Smt Smriti Irani and Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

About the Book

The book is about the journey of Swachh Bharat Mission. It has 35 essays contributed by a range of stakeholders of the programme. The essays in the book have been arranged under four pillars namely Public Financing, political leadership, Partnership and Participation of People in the mission. The contributors of the book include Amitabh Kant, Arun Jaitley, Sadhguru, Ratan Tata, etc.

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)

The Mission was started in 2014 to provide universal coverage on sanitation of the country. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. The two main components of the mission include SBM Urban and SBM Rural. The urban component of the mission mainly focuses on waste management techniques. On the other hand, the rural component focuses on achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) India.

Currently, the second phase of the mission is being implemented, which is between 2020-21 and 2024-25.

Phase II of SBM

The second phase of the mission is to be implemented with a total outlay of Rs 1,40,881 crores. The second phase has been named as ODF+. The ODF+ is to focus on the following

  • Grey Water Management
  • Plastic Waste Management
  • Faecal Sludge Management
  • Biodegradable Solid Waste Management

The second phase is to focus on generating employment in the rural region by constructing soak pits, compost pits, material recovery facilities, waste stabilisation ponds, etc. It will also help the rural India handle challenges of solid and liquid waste management to improve the health of the villagers in the country.

Swachh Bharat Kranti: Highlights

The Union Jal Shakti Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, along with the Union Textiles and Women & Child Development Minister Smt. Smriti Irani launched the book ‘Swachh Bharat Kranti’

About the book

Edited by Shri Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation book “Swachh Bharat Kranti” is the Hindi translation of the book “The Swachh Bharat Revolution”. The book is published by and as the Swachh Bharat Kranti. The book is arranged in four key sections which are the four key pillars of SBM’s (Swachh Bharat Mission) success: Public Financing, Political Leadership, Partnerships and People’s Participation. Through 35 essays by a diverse range of stakeholders and contributors to the SBM, sharing their perspective on this social revolution the book captures the remarkable journey of the SBM. The book starts with a foreword by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and is a compilation of essays written by Amitabh Kant, Amitabh Bachchan, Arun Jaitley, Akshay Kumar, Bill Gates, Ratan Tata, Sadhguru, Tavleen Singh, and other eminent personalities from their respective fields.

Launch Overview

Following the launch, a discussion on the book and the Swachh Bharat Mission by the two Ministers and Shri Parameswaran Iyer took place. During the discussion, the ministers captured the remarkable journey of the SBM through 35 essays. The discussion among the eminent personalities was watched by lakhs of field functionaries of the SBM through webcasting. While gracing the occasion, Union Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat spoke about how India had become one of the leaders of sanitation in the world and how many countries in the world are now learning from India’s experience of how in just five years over 50 crore people started using toilets and stopped defecating in the open. The minister expressed his joy while mentioning that, now after the launch of the book lakhs of readers in the heartland of India can read and know about this journey. Soon after the discussion, both the Union ministers moved to answer questions of field functionaries, state government officials and swachhagrahis.