The India Sanitation Coalition organised a 2-day India Sanitation Conclave on Achieving sustainable sanitation through multi-stakeholder collaborations on April 27th -28th, 2017 at FICCI in New Delhi. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today while speaking at the ISC-FICCI Sanitation Awards and India Sanitation Conclave emphasized on adoption of bio-toilets and asked the industry to come forward to maintain them at the Indian Railways stations.The India Sanitation Conclave is a platform for deliberating on the various themes around corporate engagement in sanitation across India.
At the event, Suresh Prabhu also said that the industry should apply their business minds to develop waterless, odorless and vacuum toilets in order to further boost the Swachh Bharat Mission. Further, Prabhu added that Swacch Bharat Abhiyan which was initiated at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is progressing speedily with state governments competing with one another to achieve an open defecation free (ODF) status.
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Sanjiv Mehta, CEO of Hindustan Unilever, pitched the fact that besides building infrastructure, the country needs to create awareness on sanitation as well. He also said that the government’s aim to achieve the Swachh Bharat mission by October 2, 2019 cannot be accomplished in isolation. “It is imperative for all stakeholders to join hands and build partnerships to create a positive impact,” he added. He highlighted that HUL recently built a first-of-its-kind urban water, hygiene, and sanitation community center in one of the largest slums in Mumbai.
The Conclave which is currently on, serves as a knowledge and best practices sharing platform drawing participation from experts across sectors including global thought leaders, policy makers, and development partners.