US-based think tank lauds ‘Clean India Campaign’ अमरीकी संस्था ने प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के ‘स्वच्छ भारत अभियान’ को सराहा

US-based think tank lauds ‘Clean India Campaign’  अमरीकी संस्था ने प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के ‘स्वच्छ भारत अभियान’ को सराहा


New York-based global organisation to honour Sulabh International Founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak for his role in India’s sanitation initiatives


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team of US-based eminent social activists have appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ongoing “Clean India Campaign” or “Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan”, terming it an important step in the history of India. New York Global Leaders Dialogue (NYGLD) Chairman Phil Scanlan while lauding Mr. Modi for his initiative, has said he very impressed with the action of the Prime Minister who has not only succeeded in motivating people towards cleanliness but also shown his own commitment towards this important initiative.


Mr.  Scanlan, who is the chairman of New York-based NYGLD a platform that brings leaders from all continents to address global challenges, foster international dialogue and nurture cohorts of younger leaders, said Mr. Modi’s commitment towards eradicating poverty, promoting hygiene and cleanliness was being talked about across the globe. During his recent visit to the US, the Prime Minister’s proactive participation in all such social programmes was talked about prominently.

Phil Scanlan,Chairman of US-based New York Global Leaders Dialogue & former Crickter, Pam Kwatra,Executive Member New yorkGlobal Leaders Dialogue(R), A team of US based Eminent Social activists, alongwith Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak addressing a press confrence to support the Prime Minister . Narendra Modi for his Clean India Initiative, in New delhi .

(From left) Phil Scanlan, Chairman of US-based New York Global Leaders Dialogue; Sulabh International’s Founder Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak and Pam Kwatra, Executive Member of the Dialogue addressing a press conference to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Clean India Campaign” in New Delhi on October 13, 2015


Mr. Scanlan, who was in India with a NYGLD delegation that included NRIs Pam Kawatra from US and Ketan Patel from UK also met Dalit women who were formerly manual scavengers and liberated by low-cost sanitation NGO Sulabh International, founded by eminent sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.


“I have been moved by the way Dr. Pathak and Sulabh International is changing the lives of millions of Indians. It’s highly commendable that his work is not only stopping open defecation in India but is also restoring the dignity of the marginalized and mainstreaming them in society,” Mr. Scanlan said.  He shared Dr. Pathak’s belief that providing toilets can be a tool for social change and that innovation is integral to improving the lives of those on the margins of society. He also appreciated the efforts of Sulabh for communications and advocacy practices to promote use of toilets and improved hygiene behaviors across the country.


According to Pam Kwatra, who along with Mr. Scanlan also visited Varanasi and saw cleaning of ‘ghats’ being done by Sulabh, said Dr. Pathak had been shortlisted for this year’s International award by NYGLD for his immense social contributions towards India. The results are likely to be announced by month-end. “Dr. Pathak’s belief that providing toilets can be a tool for social change and that innovation is integral to improving the lives of those on the margins of society has impressed us a lot,” said Ms. Kwatra.

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Mr. Scanlan with Dr. Pathak in Varanasi recently


Talking about the Prime Minister’s “Clean India Initiative”, Dr. Pathak said his NGO was committed to provide all help in making India a clean nation where all homes will have toilets. Sulabh is a social and behavior change coalition formed to promote the adoption of improved hygiene practices across the country. Sulabh has constructed nearly 13-lakh household toilets and 5.4-crore government toilets based on an innovative toilet design. Nearly 1.5-crore people use these toilets daily. Apart from construction of toilets, the self-funded NGO is also leading a movement to discourage manual scavenging.


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