Swachh Bharat Current Affairs - 2019

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Rudrashila-The White-Water Rafting Expedition

On 25 October, 2019, at the Jodhpur Military station, the white-water rafting expedition called the “Rudrashila” was flagged in by Lt General VS Sreenivas. It was undertaken by the Kalidhar Battalion. The aim of the expedition is to prepare the soldiers to overcome adversities with grit and determination. The team will also spread awareness on social issues of “Swachh Bharat” campaign and “Preservation of river eco-system”

The expedition will be led by Major Ravi Kant Gaurav. Two officers, four junior officers and 18 soldiers will raft a total distance of 140 km. The expedition will start from Rudhraprayag and end in Rishikesh. It is considered to be the most difficult and dangerous rapids in the mighty Ganges river.

Rudrashila

The name Rudrashila is framed from the Rudraprayag tributary of the Ganges river. It originates in the mountains of Uttarkhand

Kalidhar Battalion

The force was formed in November 1943. It has participated in many of major army operations. Also, it was assigned two overseas assignments namely Korea assignment in 1953 and UN peace keeping mission in Congo in 2005.

India declared open defecation free by PM Modi

On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, PM Modi declared India Open Defecation Free. The PM said in 60 months 600 million people have been given access to toilets and more than 110 million toilets have been built.

On October 2, 2014, Clean India campaign was launched by PM Modi with the aim of making India Open Defecation Free by 2019. Open Defecation Free was the main objective of the Clean India Campaign. The other objectives of the campaign include clean streets, building solid waste management plants, door – door waste collection and adopt better sanitation practices.

About Open Defecation

Open Defecation is the process where people defecate in forests, open bodies of water, bushes or other open spaces. According to World Bank, more than 300 million Indians were still defecating in the open till 2017.

PM said 99% of rural India has become ODF. The concerns that stand in the way of eradicating the practice completely are lack of water and poor maintenance.