|Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Initiative|
Swachh Swasth Sarvatra Initiative Aimed at strengthening Health Centers in open defecation-free blocks
Swachh Bharat-Health Ministry collaborate for sanitation in health centres
‘Swachh SwasthSarvatra’, 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 New Delhi 29.12.2016.
The Union Minister, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer were present at the launch event which commemorated Good Governance Day 2016.
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 FamilyWelfare, respectively. Under this initiative
- To strengthen community health centres in 708 open defecation free blocks across the country to enable them achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene.
- Under it, 10 lakh rupees of financial assistance will be given to the community health centres so that they can be strengthened to meet the standards of sanitation, hygiene and infection control.
- The initiative is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, under the National Health Mission. It is focused on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change, with the goal of making India open defecation free by October 2, 2019.