To accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put focus on sanitation, the Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October 2014. The aim is to achieve Swachh Bharat by 2019, as a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary.
As per official records, 49.62 million more households in India have toilets–rising from 38.7% in 2014 to 69.04% in 2017–and 250,000 of India’s 649,481 villages have been declared free of open defecation.
While these are government statistics meant to show the progress of the drive, there has actually been a movement across the country. There are hundreds of unsung heroes who have been cleaning India. In this article, we talk about 6 people who are cleaning India all by themselves. Read more