Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan: beyond the hype

In my latest livemint article, I write about Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) which is the new avataar of the Total Sanitation Campaign

…those who expected a clear expression of policy-intent and innovative implementation strategies are probably disappointed with the end-product. The new scheme does little by way of increasing the government’s financial commitment on the ground; and that the new guidelines have little new to say about institutional convergence on the ground or about enhancing sustainability of the outputs of this programme. It must be mentioned though that the guidelines acknowledge the need for quality with references to a ‘toilet unit with a superstructure’—and for this they must be appreciated. However, there is very little clarity on how this new avatar of the sanitation campaign will be operationalized in the field

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