Many households in villages that have been declared ODF are not yet ‘Contaminated Drinking Water Free (CDWF)’. Can there be a drive, similar to the one for achieving ODF status, to ensure access to safe drinking water for all?
‘Swachh Bharat’ or, more precisely, making villages, districts and states ‘Open Defecation Free (ODF)’, has had mixed results, not unsurprising in a large and varied country like India. But what is fascinating is the amount of action and communication it focused on the goal and the effort and resources it helped mobilise and apply. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are customarily clubbed into WASH. Can there be a drive, similar to the one for achieving ODF status, to ensure access to safe drinking water for all?
As appeared in Deccan Herald on 06.02.2019