“It is not just about ‘building’ toilets but it is also about ‘using’ toilets with focus on sustainability for many years. It is not merely toilet engineering – but it is social engineering and system engineering. The recommendations of the social innovations will lead to the mass transformation of mindsets so that socially sustainable changes will be effected in the shortest time possible", Dr RA Mashelkar elaborated.
The idea of ‘affordable excellence’ is that our country needs to support Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. He appreciated the IndiaCSR's mission to create a high level forum bringing key stakeholders on one common platform regularly.
The forum also honoured innovators who developed various affordable, innovative, sustainable toilet design, technologies and organizations for building toilets and promote advocacy to accelerate the Sanitation movement in the different part of the country. The First summit was held in New Delhi on February 6, 2015.

The brain behind the conceptualization of the sanitation and toilet summit, Rusen Kumar (Raigarh Chhattisgarh) Founder and Managing Director - IndiaCSR Group said, “The forum was extremely successful. We believe that collective efforts and knowledge forums will help gear up the sanitation movement in India."

He added,"The summit provided forum for knowledge, experience sharing among government officials, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals, technology innovators, and grass root NGOs leaders, civil society and various stakeholders working in field of toilet building, sanitation, water conservation, solid waste management.”

 Dr Mashelkar emphasized that toilet and sanitation technology has to be rapidly deployable, because the timelines for the completion that have been specified are very tight. Our target is to finish the task for building 12 crore toilets by the year October 2, 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched a chord across the nation when he spoke from the Red Fort on 15th August, 2014. He gave a clarion call for setting up Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.



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