The Big Picture – India’s Sanitation Challenge



Guests: Shubhagao, Dasgupta Senior Fellow, CPR; Priya Ranjan Dash, Sr Journalist; Dr. Shamika Ravi Senior Fellow of Governance Studies Program,Brookings India

Anchor: Frank Rausan Pereira

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23 thoughts on “The Big Picture – India’s Sanitation Challenge

  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    According to me we won't be able to convince people by praying or giving demonstrations. There should be strict measures and people who are involved in open defecation and other unhealthy practices should be fined. For homeless and BPL families govt. itself should make sufficient number of toilets.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Please Please.. ., Can't we have 'The Big Picture Debate' for 1 hour?

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Government is actually the de facto leader of our people and holds the strongest prerogative to ignite social revolutions. Apart from awareness programmes, a carrot and stick approach can come in handy in speeding up sanitation efforts. Naming-shaming can definitely facilitate behavioural change in people.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    yes there is responsibility of corporate to help in building toilets at highways and other public places so that use of toilet come under behavior i think people with less education learn more things by seeing around that what others are doing to in this perspective education plays an important role.
    other thing that only giving subsidies and making toilet is not solution thers many places which not having acces to water so how this toilet making will be a great movent so govt and even individual must think of every perspective of that to make it sucess open dedication free.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    There should be a movement against spitting too.
    People spit everywhere freely causing health problems.
    Also, people don't feel shame in open spitting as in open defecation.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Really it's owesom programme . Big fan of frenk . After watching this programme I decided to clean my Street .

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Plz make discussion very effectively bcz when we watching this discussion we understand something so plz make effectively

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    first of all,to change in govt official in their behavior because most of the govt offices so dirty due to smoking,near drinking water pan spitting,dirty smelling in their corridor…….and also political will need to consider,

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Sometimes government should not be hesitate for putting obligation.Gov should put obligation on private construction site, factories,and private households for toilets.Because cleanliness in India require a revolution like 1942.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    poor discussion. beating around the bush with nothing substantial .

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Summary –
    Problem –

    * UN report says 60% of world's open defecation takes place in India
    * Open defecation leads to water borne diseases (Fecal contaminated water)

    Swacch Bharat mission –

    * Mission mode – Got success and 5 states are declared ODF
    * Now President and VP (Top 2 constitutional heads) are taking participation in program
    * President Kovind launched Swachh hi Seva program

    Challenges –

    * People's active participation lacks at many places and hence administration had to use coercive tools to get the work done which is not a solution
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    * Access to toilet does not mean Use and Use does not mean Long term maintenance

    * People yet need to go for behavioural changes and Take Fundamental duty as serious as fundamental right

    Solution –

    * Sanitation is in CDR (Corporate social responsibilities) and hence every private and public establishment (Specially road side Dhabas) need to have obligated toilet facility for their employees and visitors
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    * Having facility is very important, Today at my village's bus stand a lady threw a banana peel. I was surprised, picked up the peel in front of her to teach her a lesson (By throwing that peel in dustbin and hence making her guilty) but I was helpless at the very next moment as I couldn't find any dustbin at all. Now I had to put that peel in a drain.

    * Don't impose the change, rather facilitate the change. Bring it gradually

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Dr. Shamika Ravi Senior Fellow of Governance Studies Program,Brookings India has mentioned about research done in MP and Odisha which shows impact on children's health due to 20% open defecation is not large ( 2011 Pilot study). Can I get any link to research article showing such kind of result ??

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Poor discussion. No one knows status on the ground.

    Isssues like redtapism behind funding for toilet building, funding even if provided is very low to set up a toilet and even 8f toilet is setup there is no water source. Moreover faking of data and aggressiveness @ local levels to get positive data rather than awareness creation are real problems. No discussion on these. Frank plz discuss pros and cons and plz dont invite panelist who talks politics rather than policy. Even school level toilet sanitation are not dealt.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    we are waiting for biotoilets in train.One of very biggest mistakes of railway there is lots of infection in platform.Need to improof it firstly

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    one more thing gov official itself not clean toilets like court and most of the office.Mainly my openion towards court..Need to work those areas too.But the after this gov some thing changed and people really thing clean way.Need to work together with help of gov.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    when there is no water resources for drinking in drought hit villages how can people use washrooms, first government should make sure in providing water resources

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    maybe a governing of population production like Japan. you're in line to need more resources than the entire world combined in less than a decade. china too. this is a bit much.
    don't you think?

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  • September 25, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    Summary—make India clean again

    1.60 % worlds' open defecation in India ,(parasitic ,bacterial diseases) ,high social & economic cost,lowers human capital ,raises mortality

    2.SBM, satisfactory performance wrt construction of toilets

    3.involvement of state & local bodies , civil society, coordination ,flexible & region specific solutions,holistic approach

    4.T-Access not enough ,Behavior change of individual & family–(coercive,persuasive,educative) & maintenance of toilets,water & drainage access

    5.Make legal obligation for workplaces/markets to have toilets

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