Swasth Bharat Yatra Current Affairs - 2020

CSIR Technology of Electrostatic Disinfection transferred for Commercialization

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – Central Scientific Instrument Organization (CSIR-CSIO) has developed a technology for sanitization and effective disinfection. The CSIR-CSIO has transferred the technology to a Nagpur based company Rite Water Solutions Private Limited.

Highlights

The Disinfectant technology has been found to be highly effective and efficient to stop the spread of any pathogen. The machine has been developed based on the electrostatic principle.

About the machine

The machine produces fine and uniform droplets of disinfectants that kills micro organisms including virus. The main advantage of the machine is that it uses minimum limited disinfectant as compared to other conventional and manual methods.

How is the device different?

The device sprays charges droplets of disinfectants. As the droplets are charged, they can cover obscured surfaces as well. This improves the efficiency and efficacy of the device to reach hidden areas. The hidden areas always have greater possibility of viruses.

Swasth Bharat Abhiyan

The technology of electrostatic sprayer contributes to healthy life style and health care of the masses. It is directly linked to Swasth Bharat Abhiyan. The Swasth Bharat Abhiyan is implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The yatra under the scheme was led by FSSAI.

The Swasth Bharat Yatra was launched in 2018 on the World Food Day (October 16). The volunteers rallied and cycled to spread awareness about healthy diet.

Awards under Swasth Bharat Yatra

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had launched Swasth Bharat Yatra to amplify its Eat Right India initiative. Swasth Bharat Yatra was a 100-day consumer outreach programme.

The Yatra saw the participation of around 2.5 crore people across various States and UTs. It also led to the creation of 21,000 local ‘Eat Right Champions’ who would sustain this movement in the future.

Awards for Exemplary participation

The following states were awarded for their Exemplary participation:

  • Best State Overall: Tamil Nadu
  • Best States with a population above 3 crore: Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Best States having a population less than 3 crore: Punjab, Goa and Delhi
  • Special awards: Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakhand were given special awards for their participation despite their hilly and difficult terrain.

Eat Right Start-Up Awards were also be given for innovative food products, food services, food testing and community outreach and engagement at the ceremony.