Today, India commemorates a double milestone - Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the completion of 9 years of the Swaccha Bharat Mission. It's a day to remember Gandhi's timeless principles of swaraj (self-rule) and swacchta (cleanliness) while reflecting on the transformation brought about by this remarkable campaign.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: A Tribute to Gandhi
On 2nd October, Indians across the nation pay tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. His principles of non-violence, truth, and self-reliance continue to inspire generations. On this day, we recall his words, "Sanitation is more important than political independence," highlighting his deep conviction in cleanliness.
Adding to the significance of this day, India celebrates the 9th anniversary of the Swaccha Bharat Mission. Launched in 2014, this nationwide campaign has been instrumental in transforming India's cleanliness sector. Its primary goals include eradicating open defecation, improving solid waste management, and creating Open Defecation Free villages.
Swaccha Bharat Mission in Action
Under the Swaccha Bharat Mission, remarkable progress has been made in sanitation and cleanliness. Thousands of villages have become open defecation free, and waste management practices have improved. The mission's impact goes beyond just cleanliness; it has also led to a significant boost in entrepreneurship and job creation, turning Gandhi's dream into reality.
Gandhi's vision of swaraj, or self-rule, resonates strongly in today's India. Beyond political freedom, it extends to the realm of entrepreneurship. The principles of self-reliance and self-governance that Gandhi advocated find practical expression in the thriving startup ecosystem of modern India. His ideals serve not only as inspiration but also as a guide for emerging entrepreneurs.
The Rise of Sanitation Startups in India
Since the inception of the Swaccha Bharat Mission, the sanitation startups industry has witnessed a remarkable surge. As of April 10th, 2023, there are 1,411 sanitation startups in India, actively contributing to the Waste Management sector. These startups have not only fostered innovation but have also transcended geographical boundaries, operating in all 28 States and Union Territories.
These startups are spread across 28 States and Union Territories and across 230 districts in India. Moreover, 54% of these are from Tier 2/Tier 3 non-metro cities. The highest number of Startups in this sector have been recognized in Maharashtra (19%), Delhi (11%), Uttar Pradesh (8%), Karnataka (9%), and Gujarat (10%).
With startups leading the way, the nation is on a journey to realize Gandhi's vision of swaraj and swacchta in the 21st century.
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