10 crore toilets built under Swachh Bharat Mission: President Ram Nath Kovind

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind presents Swachh Bharat Puraskar 2019 to Simrandeep Singh, CEO of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board during the 'Swachhata Mahotsava', in New Delhi, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.  Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and MoS Jal Shakti Ratan Lal Kataria (L) are also seen. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind presents Swachh Bharat Puraskar 2019 to Simrandeep Singh, CEO of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board during the ‘Swachhata Mahotsava’, in New Delhi, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and MoS Jal Shakti Ratan Lal Kataria (L) are also seen. (PTI Photo)

Around 10 crore toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat Mission, and with this, there has been a change in the attitude of 55 crore people who have ceased the practice of defecating in open, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday.

Recalling the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention held in 2018, he said several countries want to learn from the success achieved by India under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

“We must share our experience with them. Seventy countries participated in it (Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention) and countries became curious about the mission,” Kovind said.

“Ten crore toilets have been built under the Swachh Bharat Mission. More than 55 crore people have ceased the habit of defecating in open. Similarly, there has been a positive change in the lives of people,” he said.

The government is aiming 100 per cent Open Defecation Free by October.

Kovind said it is noteworthy that India will achieve its Sustainable Development Goals related to hygiene, as envisaged by the United Nations, by 2030.

He also recalled the Kumbh Mela held in Allahabad this year which was attended by 25 crore people.

President Kovind said 1.20 lakh toilets were built and everyone appreciated the sanitation.

Referring to the Jal Jeevan Mission, Kovind said providing clean drinking water also comes under the purview of sanitation.

The President also gave awards to people who have done significant work in this field.

(PTI)