Clean India movement (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan) is a massive movement started by the Government of India to create a clean India.
Ever since ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ was launched in 2014, every state has been making every possible attempt to clean up the streets, roads and infrastructure of cities of India.
According to reports, Swachh Bharat Mission has saved lakhs of lives.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that about 3 lakh deaths owing to diarrheal deaths could be prevented if the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was executed fully.
“India’s accelerated coverage of safe sanitation services, and its determination to end open defecation, will have a substantial effect on the burden of diarrheal disease and PEM by reducing mortality and accumulative Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs)—the sum of the years of life lost due to premature mortality and years lost due to disability or ill-health,” the study stated.
As per the calculations of the study, if all sanitation services are used, the initiative could expand possibilities and thereby resulting in 14 million more years of healthy life in the period estimated, with the advantages following yearly thereafter.
“Swachh Bharat Mission will save lakhs of lives and result in over 14 million more years of healthy living…fascinating observations by the @WHO study on India’s strides in cleanliness and sanitation,” PM Modi tweeted earlier.
A recent study by UNICEF found that the Swachh Bharat Mission played an important role in the reduction of groundwater contamination in India.