The book Swach Bharat Kranti was officially launched by Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani on August 4, 2020.
About Swach Bharat Kranti
The book “Swach Bharat Revolution” edited by Parmeshwaran Iyer has been translated into Hindi and published as “Swach Bharat Kranti“.
The book consist of 35 essays by a diverse range of stakeholders and contributors to the SBM which portrays the remarkable journey of the SBM(Swach Bharat Mission).
The essays are grouped into four key sections or pillars of SBM success – political leadership, public financing, Partnerships and people’s participation.
The book consist of a foreword by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
Essays in the book are written by Amitabh Kant, Arun Jaitley, Amitabh Bachan, Akshay Kumar,Bill Gates, Ratan Tata, Sadhguru, Tavleen Singh and many others.
Swach Bharat Mission(SBM) or Swach Bharat Abhiyan also known as Clean India Mission was a country-wide campaign from 2018-2019.
The campaign was officially launched on 2 october 2014 at Rajghat in New Delhi by the PM Narendra Modi.
The objective of the mission was to eliminate open defecation and improve solid waste managenent in Urban and rural areas in India. It aimed to make India an “open-defecation free” nation by 2 October 2019.
Some other objectives of SBM were eradication of manual scavenging, generating awareness and bringing behavioural changes of sanitation practices and augmentation of capacity at local level.
SBM is regarded as India’s largest cleanliness drive till date. About three million government employees and students from all over India participated in 4043 cities, towns and villages.
The mission was accomplished by splitting it into two parts – rural and urban. ‘SBM-Gramin‘ was for rural areas and was financed and monitored by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. ‘SBM-urban‘ covered the urban areas and was overseen by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Volunteers of the mission were known as “Swachhagrahis” or “Ambassadors of cleanliness”. They promoted indoor plumbing and community approaches to sanitation at the cvillage level.