Swachh Bharat Mission a misguided approach to ending open defecation
The only comprehensive data available under Swachh Bharat Mission is about the money spent and the number of toilets constructed
Almost one year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) as he swept the streets of Valmiki Colony in New Delhi and committed to build over 110 million toilets. One would think that a programme that aims to eliminate open defecation by 2019 would be consistently counting the number of people who defecate in the open. But the only comprehensive SBM data available is about how much money has been spent and how many toilets have been constructed.