Symposium Held At Sulabh Campus On World Toilet Day
New Delhi, November 19 (TNA) Sanitation experts and academicians have stressed the need for more awareness towards the use of Toilets and safe sanitation. This symposium was organised to mark “Word Toilet Day.”
Scholars and sanitation experts interacted extensively and discussed relevant topics in a symposium on Sulabh International’s contribution to SDG 6.2 to ensure access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030 organised at the campus of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation.
In his opening remarks, the Founder of Sulabh movement Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak said that the World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet—despite their human right to water and sanitation. Dr. Pathak addressed the summit through video link.
Dr. Pathak said, “a toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. Whoever we are, wherever we are, sanitation is our human right.”
Dr. Pathak lauded the efforts of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for attaining grand success in “Swacchta Abhiyan.” Sulabh International under the mentorship of great Sociologist and Social Reformer Dr. Pathak has contributed a lot to ensure “Toilets for all” during the last 52 years. Dr. Pathak developed and invented various methods in the field of sanitation technology during five decades.
On the occasion of the World Toilet Day Sulabh family believes that it is surely a good opportunity to celebrate achievements as well as raise awareness of the fact that 2.6 billion people in the world still lack access to proper sanitation, Dr. Pathak added.
World Toilet Day is a crucial day in India as toilets remain a significant issue in the country, particularly for children and women. Such events provide a golden opportunity to sanitation warriors and students to create awareness on the significance of sanitation, and encourage momentum with the aim of reaching out to the people who are still left behind.
Dr. Manisha Priyam, Professor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Dr. Kulwant Singh, CEO, 3R WASTE Foundation and Prof. Reena Marwah, Department of Economics, Jesus & Mary College, University of Delhi, D.P. Singh, Senior Advisor & former Engineer-in-Chief-cum-Special Secretary, Government of Bihar, Dr. N. B. Mazumdar, Hony. Director General, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation and Prof. Awadhesh Kumar Sharma, Hony. Sr. Advisor, Sulabh International Social Service Organisation took part in the seminar and expressed their views.
Apart from the symposium, students of Sulabh School Sanitation Club of various schools of Delhi participated in Walkathon and other activities to create awareness about Sanitation and Hygiene.