Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India Sanitation conference (INDOSAN) in New Delhi ahead of second anniversary of 'Swachh Bharat Mission', the popular scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015. Importantly, the 'Swachh Bharat Mission' programme is seen as a citizen movement for sanitation with involvement of all sectors of the society. The scheme was launched with the focus of the urban renewal projects is to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewerage networks and water supply for urban transformation.
INDOSAN is envisaged as an annual national event, which seeks to bring together all stakeholders working in sanitation. Importantly, the Indian government aims to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2 October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing approximately 12 crore toilet in rural India. Around 170 districts of India have been declared by government Open-Defecation Free on 2 October 16. INDOSAN aims to provide a single platform for a shared vision for Government, NGOs, academicians, researchers, partner agencies and corporate, related to cleanliness.
PM Modi in his inaugural speech highlighted need of behavioral change to achieve the dream of 'Swachch Bharat' and also need to ensure a dirt free India such as Mahatma Gandhi’s 'Satyagraha' which was instrumental for the end of colonialism. He said that while no one likes dirt or dirty surroundings, the practice of cleanliness requires certain endeavors to be developed within. He also said that the new generation, especially the children are increasingly conscious about issues regarding cleanliness. This demonstrates that the 'Swachhta Abhiyan' is touching people’s lives. The Prime Minister also emphasized on sustainability and recycling, saying that re-use and recycling have been an Indian habit for a long time. He added that these need to be made more technology-driven. He added that a healthy competition is now developing among cities and towns, for promoting cleanliness.
Also commemorating the 2nd anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Indian Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation & Ministry of Urban Development celebrated the Swachh Bharat Week from 25th September, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Jayanti, to 2nd October 2016, Gandhi Jayanti.