A touching issue

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The Sulabh toilets that we see everywhere are taken for granted. Behind these is a serious social thinking of not just keeping India clean, but a crusade against untouchability. Speaking in the session “Swachh Bharat and Youth”, moderated by Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar, Deputy Editor, The Wire, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder, Sulabh sanitation & social reform movement, spoke from his heart

Social scientist and founder of Sulabh International Dr Bindeshwar Pathak believes that his suggestion made to the Central Government several years ago to install containers below all train toilets can provide a long-term solution to the problem of dirty railway tracks.

Speaking at the Youth Conclave organised by Parliamentarian magazine at Hotel Ashok on March 26, Dr Pathak, who was appointed brand ambassador for Swachh Rail Mission in November 2016 in recognition of his strengthening the cleanliness campaign of Indian Railway, said the need of the hour was to take people working in the field of sanitation seriously. “When a person who is not a part of the government works in the field, he is not taken seriously. It also took me time to get heard in the government. It was eight-nine years ago that a meeting had taken place in IIT Kanpur which was attended by a number of engineers and officials from the Railways were also there.”

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