Context: The Union Minister for Jal Shakti has launched the Swachh Bharat Mission Academy as part of the ongoing week-long behaviour change campaign ‘GandagiMukt Bharat’. 

About the SBM Academy:

  • The IVR (Interactive Voice Response) based training course: Contains a 60 minutes module spanning various topics under Open Defecation Free Sustainability (ODF-S) as well as Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), with four audio lessons and a multiple-choice quiz at the end of the chapter. 
    • To be considered successful, the user must answer at least 50% of the questions correctly.
  • A phone-based academy: As of now the content of SBM Academy is in Hindi and the users are expected to dial in to a toll free number (18001800404) and complete listening to the entire content in their mobile phones, free of cost.
  • Significance: 
    • Helps in achieving SBM(Gramin): This IVR based free mobile online learning course on ODF Plus will be crucial in achieving goals underlined in Phase 2 of SBM(G).
    • Sustaining behavioural change and capacity building: Of the key stakeholders like Swachhagrahis and other field functionaries such as PRIs members, community-based organizations, NGOs, SHGs and others who are associated with phase 2 of SBM(G). . 
    • Improve the knowledge: And interpersonal communication skills in order to enhance the quality of interaction with the beneficiaries. 

Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)

  • To accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put focus on sanitation, the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched on 2nd October, 2014.
  • The Mission Coordinator for SBM: Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) with two Sub-Missions - 
    • The Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin): Nodal Ministry: MDWS 
    • The Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban): Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • Together, they aim to achieve Swachh Bharat by 2019, as a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th Birth Anniversary.
  • The aim of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is to achieve a clean and Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2nd October, 2019.
  • Phase II of SBM(G): The Mission is moving towards the next Phase II of SBMG i.e ODF-Plus, launched in 2020 to ensure that the open defecation free behaviours are sustained, no one is left behind, and that solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) facilities are accessible. 

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