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Comments on Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin budget 2016-17

In its article "What ‘Swachh Bharat’ Ignores Is The Very Reason Why India Can’t Be Open Defecation Free" the YouthKiAwaaz collective declare that "Apart from the sorry state of maintenance, not much is being done to inculcate behavioural change in people"

In this tweet Andres Huesco from WaterAid asks :"If SwachhBharat is about behaviour change, how come that gets only 1% of total expenditure?"

In this article "Move to sanitation plus: Swacch Bharat must switch to a broader understanding of what will make India truly swacch" Naina Lal Kidwai, Country Head of HSBC India, says "SwachhBharat has so far still seemingly focussed on the number of toilets to be constructed [...] there is a dire need to shift the focus from just build to Build, Use, Maintain and Treat". ​

Analysis of Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin budget brief 2016-17

Allocations for Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin increased over three-fold from `2,850 crore in FY 2014-15 to `9,000 crore in FY 2016-17. Part of this jump is due to the introduction of the SBM cess in November 2015.

* Release of SBM funds to states has been slow. 
Till February 2016, only 49% of the total allocation had been sanctioned by Government of India (GOI).
* Construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) accounted for 97% of the total expenditure between April 2015 and February 2016. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities accounted for only 1% of total expenditure. This is a 3 percentage point drop from FY 2014-15. 
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n the last two years, less than 50% of eligible households who had applied to SBM for a toilet construction grant actually received it. Most households were unaware of the Swachhata Doots and Panchayat Samiti in their village.

 

SACOSAN 2016 commitments

The Heads of Delegation from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in the 6th South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN-VI) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 11-13, 2016 resolved and committed to 11 commitments.