Why India Needs Sanitation Summit-2015 ‘Sanitation for All – Toilet First’

IndiaCSR News Network

NEW DELHI: To address the issues related to sanitation and toilet, INDIACSR (www.indiacsr.in) the largest Indian business network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is organizing first Indian Sanitation Summit themed ‘Sanitation for all- Toilet First’ in New Delhi on Feb 6, 2015.

The summit is aligned to PM’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (Clean India Initiative).

Visit the website of the event www.sanitationsummit.in for the full detail.

The India Toilet Summit 2015 ‘Sanitation for All – Toilet First’ will take place on February 6, 2015 at Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium, PHD Chamber House, 4/2 Siri Institutional Area, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi.  Contact: conference@indiacsr.in 

Better Sanitation and Toilet facilities in every household have becnational summit on sanitation for all toilet first india sanitation summit in indiaome the agenda of priority for our visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. On the occasion of Independence Day, in his speech Shri Modi emphasized that toilet is ‘dignity of women’. In his first address to the nation Shri Modi urged parliamentarians and the corporate sector to support build separate toilets for girls in schools across the country by a targeted period.

“We have decided to be an active participant of this noble mission to support in creating national level forum to discuss various issues connected to the Toilet and Sanitation, health, education, woman empowerment and behavioral change for wider social good. We believe that the summit would highlight the problems allied with a lack of sanitation and toilets and would also adopt resolutions to achieve Nation sanitation goals by 2019 as a tribute to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by eliminating the unhealthy practice of Open Defecation.”, Rusen Kumar, Director, India CSR informed.

“The Summit would provide a forum to initiate a dialogue and enlighten the delegates on various issues related to sanitation, toilet movement, woman empowerment, women dignity and girl child education etc.”, he added.

India Sanitation Summit is a unique national level forum established by the IndiaCSR Group to bring together various sanitation stakeholders under a roof to connect and collaborate on innovative inventions, projects and products in the toilet and sanitation sector in our country. Addressing the increasing importance of hygiene, health, sanitation, and toilet related issues, the first ‘India Sanitation Summit 2014′ will take place at New Delhi, capital of India, on 18  December 2014. Registration is must for attending the summit.

A larger portion of world population do not have a clean toilet, which accounts one in every three individual do not have a safe, clean and private toilet. A great part of this population practice open defecation in an unsafe and unhygienic condition, which is a serious hazard to mankind from health, sanitation and environment pollution perspectives.

Un-treated human waste can impact a whole community, affecting many aspects of daily life and ultimately posing a serious risk to health. Providing clean toilets for those who are lacking them, is not a matter of breakthrough scientific technologies; it is foremost social issue which needs attention and convergent action from all agents of the society and needs much hard work. Talking on this issue can no more be a taboo and a matter of low esteem.

As a responsible citizen everybody should come up to tackle the issue and talk openly on the issue in order to derive a sustainable and meaningful solution to this social crisis.   Indian Government has a great mission to develop separate toilets for boys and girls in every school in the country, by 15th of August 2015.

Despite 64 years of rural development, 60% of India’s rural population defecates in open either due to lack of toilets, lack of their operation and maintenance, deficiency of water or inappropriate technology and mechanism for waste management. In the last 60 years only 32% rural families in 2011 (as per census figures) and 40 %.( NSSO figures of 2013) have rural toilets.

From over 1.2 crore toilets to be built annually prior to 2011-12, the figure has come down to below 50 lac per year now. States have also carried out a Baseline Survey in 2012-13, from which it is clear that out of the 17.19 crore rural households in the country, about 11.11 crore households do not have latrines. The fact that 8.84 crore are eligible for the incentives, toilets have not been built. More than 2 crore families who were given subsidy under the programme /financial incentive do not have functional toilets today.