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Shedding the Mental Block

This is in reference to your editorial “Raising a Stink” (EPW, 18 June 2016).

The Government of India’s (GOI) flagship programme Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM; rural and urban) focuses on giving subsidies/incentives for construction of individual household latrines (IHHL) in both rural and urban areas. This policy is detrimental to the sustainability of IHHL constructed in the communities, which can be achieved only through behavioural change. The GOI, ignoring this fact, has kept increasing the same over the years. Thus, the task remains to devise an alternate method to promote usage. Interestingly, SBM (rural) guidelines acknowledge this and focus on behavioural change through various approaches like Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) to ensure usage. The same has been acknowledged by most state governments and it is being scaled up at a decent pace. The absence of this approach will witness the IHHL being used for other purposes. Various multilaterals/bilaterals/corporates/non-governmental organisations are supporting central and state governments on aspects of behavioural change to achieve the target.

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