According to Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International, who was recently in London for a conference on Smart Cities, “India could be open-defecation free by 2019 if the 2 crore non-resident Indians (NRIs) contributes to building 6 toilets over the span of three years….This is a big task, but together we can do it and non- resident Indians can play a pivotal role in this. This is a unique opportunity for the NRIs to show their love for the country”.
Under corporate social responsibility, Sulabh is collaborating with a number of public sector undertakings (PSUs) in the country and corporate houses to build public and individual toilets across the country. Thus helping in realizing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Clean India vision
He provided an elaborate overview, suggesting that the 2019 target could be met with ease if the nearly 2 crore NRIs each contributes to building six toilets over a span of three years.
An individual toilet costs approximately $500, which means six toilets would cost a total of $3,000 (Rs. 2 lakh) a cost that could be spread over a period of three years.
"If all the NRIs come forward and contribute to make India clean and a better place, this beautiful dream will become a reality," he added.
Sulabh claims to engage over 50,000 people and has so far constructed nearly 1.3 million household toilets and 8,500 public toilets. Apart from the construction of toilets, Mr Pathak has been leading a movement since 1970 with Sulabh to provide sanitation solutions to the poor.