Sanitation in India is key to improving public health and economic stability. Many cities in India suffer dire consequences of inadequate, unsafe, and unsustainable sanitation. Toilet waste can develop a dangerous substance called fecal sludge. If humans come into contact with untreated fecal sludge through land or water, they can be exposed to severe illnesses like diarrhea.
Fecal sludge requires a specific type of handling and treatment to prevent it from coming into contact with humans. That is why proper treatment needs to be addressed so that communities can be healthy.
As a first step, the Government of India signed a National Declaration on Fecal sludge and Septage management (FSSM) on 9th September, 2016.
The Government has now taken the next steps by launching a policy on FSSM that lists the way forward in ensuring that India has sustainable sanitation practices in a short time frame to facilitate nationwide implementation of FSSM in India.
The Indian Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and the Government of India will be responsible for the overall implementation of this Policy.
Take action now to congratulate the Indian Ministry of Urban Development for taking leadership to ensure safe and sustainable sanitation.