Global Report Belies Modi’s Claims on Sanitation: Out of Order

Starved cows eating household hazardous waste near a housing colony of New Delhi in India. Scenes like these are common in the national capital. Photo: Rakesh Raman
Starved cows eating household hazardous waste near a housing colony of New Delhi in India. Scenes like these are common in the national capital. Photo: Rakesh Raman

While India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi – who is known for telling lies – is going gaga over the hyped performance of his pet project Swachh Bharat Mission, a new global report has revealed the bitter truth behind the hype.

Global charity WaterAid – which improves access to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation – has revealed in a new report that India is the worst country with the highest number of people without basic sanitation.

The report titled “Out of Order – The State of the World’s Toilets 2017” finds that India – which is the world’s second-largest country by population – once again comes out top for the highest number of people without basic sanitation.

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In India, according to the report, a staggering 355 million women and girls are still waiting for a toilet. “If they were all to stand in a queue, it would stretch around the Earth more than four times!” the report ridiculed Modi’s claims about Swachh Bharat Mission and sanitation.

Out of Order – The State of the World’s Toilets 2017
Out of Order – The State of the World’s Toilets 2017

This is a shocking revelation because just a couple of days ago on World Toilet Day, Modi had patted on his own back by praising the sanitation work in the country.

The WaterAid report, however, reveals that a staggering 732,207,000 people or 56% of India’s population is without even basic sanitation.

According to the report, the sanitation situation in India is worse than even some underdeveloped countries such as Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania, and Kenya. Even Pakistan and Bangladesh provide better sanitation to their people, the report concluded.

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