The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation in New Delhi today. Following is the text of the Prime Minister’s speech on the occasion:
“I am delighted to be here today at the Third South Asian Conference on Sanitation. This Conference has a very special significance because the year 2008 has been declared as the International Year of Sanitation.
Sanitation has a strong connection not only with personal hygiene but also with human dignity and well-being, public health, nutrition and even education. Mahatma Gandhi had once said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. He made cleanliness and sanitation an integral part of the Gandhian way of living. His dream was total sanitation for all. (…)
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AHMEDABAD: A replica of the ‘mobile toilet’ used by Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi will soon be displayed at the Sabarmati Ashram here, along with his other belongings.
The Ashram will also be displaying replica of a system designed by Gandhiji for washing utensils using minimum amount of water. These models will be open for public viewing in a couple of weeks, Ashram authorities said.
“Before coming to India, Gandhiji was based in South Africa and London, where they had proper toilets. But, when he returned to India, he saw people answering to nature’s call out in the open. He felt it was an unhygienic system,” trustee of the Sabarmati Ashram, Amrut Modi said.
“Gandhiji felt that there should be proper toilets for people in the Ashram. He designed a mobile lavatory, four feet in length and breadth with a pit one feet deep. He then made a wooden frame around the hole and used tin sheets to cover the
area,” Modi said.
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