Highlights: Banega Swachh India 12-Hour Cleanathon 2018

Together with Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the annual Banega Swachh India Cleanathon has worked relentlessly for five years to help build toilets in rural areas, conduct clean-up drives and spread awareness about sanitation, health and hygiene across India.


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In its fifth year, the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India Cleanthon looked back at the achievements of the last five years of the campaign and set the agenda for the initiative going forward. Together with Campaign Ambassador  Amitabh Bachchan, the annual Cleanathon has worked relentlessly for five years to help build toilets in rural areas, conduct clean-up drives and spread awareness about sanitation, health and hygiene across India. Every year the Cleanathon celebrates Gandhi Jayanti on October 2 as Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas.

NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, with the target to make India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2, 2019, which happens to be the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


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Oct 02, 2018 22:09 (IST)
We leave you with the best moments of the Cleanathon@5.

Oct 02, 2018 22:00 (IST)
And that is a wrap on Cleanathon@5.

Oct 02, 2018 21:51 (IST)
The best is saved for the last, singer Sukhwinder Singh gives a power packed performance for the Cleanathon finale.

Oct 02, 2018 21:40 (IST)
RB's Rakesh Kapoor, Ronnie Scewvala, Amitabh Bachchan and Vikram Chandra do a recap of the day, the successes and challenges of the Clean India movement.

Oct 02, 2018 21:30 (IST)
Performing now on Cleanathon stage, Shilpa Rao.

Oct 02, 2018 21:21 (IST)
In the final lap of the 12-hour Cleanathon back to back performance light up the stage. Presenting Ankit Tiwari, Harrdy Sandhy and Jassi.

Oct 02, 2018 21:05 (IST)
Taapsee Pannu on Cleanathon: At my stage, where I am today, I don't think I can pinpoint and say why this was not done, who is going to this or do that! As an Indian citizen, at an individual level, at my level are we recycling in our house? There are two separate bins in my house for recyclable waste and non-recyclable waste.

Oct 02, 2018 20:55 (IST)

Prakash Javdekar on Cleanathon: While in environment ministry, I came up with many waste management rules. By the time I joined the HRD ministry, the campaign had become a public movement, with schools participating and some 6000 colleges that have participated in the campaign. We have also started scholarship for colleges to work in the villages and spread the message of safe sanitation.


Oct 02, 2018 20:48 (IST)
Prakash Javdekar, HRD Minister joins the Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 20:37 (IST)
OmarAbdullah: Jammu and Kashmir is widely considered one of the beautiful parts of the country but we are also suffering from the problem of plastic waste. It is actually amazing how much social consciousness is developing in the far flung regions of my state. There are multiple dustbins for waste segregation and it is an initiative of the people and not so much the government. People there want to protect the eco system, protect the Himalayas.


Oct 02, 2018 20:29 (IST)
National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah joins the Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 20:26 (IST)
Into its last hour the 12-hour #Cleanathon sees a breathtaking Mallakhamba performance, a form traditional martial arts.

Oct 02, 2018 20:14 (IST)
Uma Bharti on Cleanathon: Gandagi se nafrat aur desh se pyar to be part of all my speeches now. (Hate filth, love your country)

Oct 02, 2018 20:02 (IST)
Uma Bharti on Cleanathon: We have made India 90% ODF.  Being ODF is different from Clean India. ODF India is the right of every Indian and Clean India is the responsibility of every citizen. After achieving ODF status in many places we are now moving towards Clean India. 

Oct 02, 2018 19:54 (IST)
Vicky Kaushal on Cleanathon: I believe in a nation of 1.3 billion people, no government will be able to manage cleanliness unless it comes from within the people individually.

Oct 02, 2018 19:48 (IST)
Vicky Kaushal joins the Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 19:47 (IST)
Amitabh Bachchan: I want to contribute 50 machines to the World Toilet College.

RB's Rakesh Kapoor: On our part, I will make sure that my company multiplies your contribution by 6 times. 
Oct 02, 2018 19:45 (IST)

Narasimhan Eswar of RB: We have with the help of the Government of Maharashtra, we have set up Harpic World Toilet College. We recruit manual scavengers and we ask them to go through a three week course in which we teach them how to clean drains with the help of machines without getting inside the drains and in these three weeks they are also paid a stipend equivalent of the money they usually make. They are also given training on soft skills.

Oct 02, 2018 19:40 (IST)

Shaina NC, BJP Leader: Dignity of labour - we all talk about it, inhumane labour is simply not acceptable. Our government is very clear whether it is sanitation or manual scavenging, we are trying to cover all aspects.

Oct 02, 2018 19:37 (IST)
Bezwada Wilson, National Convener, Safai Karmachari Andolan: The situation is so pathetic that every human should respond. how can we live seeing fellow human being cleaning the drain. When you know that thousands of people die in manual scavenging and in a months time, in the capital 11 people have died then how can I or any of us can be quiet?

Oct 02, 2018 19:17 (IST)
After the Prime Minister, more appreciation for the 12-hour #Mere10Guz Cleanathon
Oct 02, 2018 19:16 (IST)
Hema Malini: Swachh Bharat is a great initiative undertaken by the Prime Minister, I only wish as a country we had started much earlier on this Clean India movement

Oct 02, 2018 19:03 (IST)
Hema Malini joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 19:00 (IST)
Tochi Raina fires up the Cleanathon stage with an enthralling performance

Oct 02, 2018 18:42 (IST)

Afroze Shah, Versova Beach Clean-up Warrior: The biggest challenge is to bring people on board. We have to reach the people at the lowest level. We have to move the things at the ground level, only then we can make any real difference.

Oct 02, 2018 18:36 (IST)

Parameswaran Iyer on Cleanathon: We just concluded Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation convention we had participation from 65 countries. The key lesson learnt from the campaign is the 4Ps- Public, Private, People Partnership. This campaign has become a jan andolan (People's movement) and is no more a sarkari (Government) initiative. Media has been playing a very important role in making swachh Bharat a people's movement. We are now focussing on ODF plus. We have made excellent progress and we will achieve the Prime Minister's deadline of October 2, 2019.

Oct 02, 2018 18:30 (IST)
Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 18:28 (IST)
This campaign has a long way to go and we are still far from achieving the Clean India dream but we have atleast started somewhere and this is very important: Baba Ramdev

Oct 02, 2018 18:21 (IST)
Baba Ramdev on Cleanathon: I want to say, wherever toilets are being built, water should be provided too. because without water toilets are only creating more dirt, diseases and problems.

Oct 02, 2018 18:10 (IST)

Sonu Nigam on Cleanathon: Public toilets are so dirty everywhere because we do not know how to use toilets.  I am happy that now swachhta has been taking up a place in people's lives through such initiatives by the government, organisation and people like you.

Oct 02, 2018 18:07 (IST)
Sonu Nigam, Afroz Shah, Baba Ramdev and other experts now LIVE on Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 18:01 (IST)
Darshan Raval gives an energetic performance against a scenic sunset.

Oct 02, 2018 17:52 (IST)

Aaditya Thackeray on Cleanathon: It is a habit for us to throw things around but fortunately we are now also inculcating the habit to start cleaning up. We are going around and cleaning the beaches. We are one of the few cities having marine assets. We have turtle and other marine creatures coming to the beach in our city. We need to preserve it.

Oct 02, 2018 17:49 (IST)
Shiv Sena's Aaditya Thackeray joins the Cleanathon from the Dadar beach clean-up.

Oct 02, 2018 17:47 (IST)
As the Cleanathon enters its last four hours and the sun starts setting, Javed Ali mesmerises the audience with a soulful performance.

Oct 02, 2018 17:43 (IST)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets his appreciate for the efforts of the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 17:39 (IST)
Zila Parishad High School students show why children are truly the agents of change and why the success of Clean India depends on them.

Oct 02, 2018 17:24 (IST)
Sunita Bhuyan, a musician from Assam, performs a popular Bhupen Hazarika song, 'O Ganga, Tumi Boicho Keno?' (O Ganga, Why Do You Flow?)

Oct 02, 2018 17:07 (IST)
Clean India is healthy India discusses the expert panel on Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 16:50 (IST)

I congratulate the Prime Minister for bringing cleanliness back to our lives. We should remember that to please the God we must be keep our environment clean. People who say that Swachh Bharat Mission is a great initiative but nothing is coming out of it, to those people I say, we should take individual responsibility to bring about change: Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

Oct 02, 2018 16:36 (IST)
'Where is the land to plant trees in Mumbai? Where is the will of the government? Where are the open spaces?' questions Jaya Bachchan as she joins the Cleanathon via phone line

Oct 02, 2018 16:21 (IST)
Dharavi Rocks, a band that uses musical instruments made from garbage cans, performs at the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 16:11 (IST)
As citizens it is our responsbility to ask the question, 'Where does my shit go?' Till we scientifically treat the sewage waste we will be writing off most of the achievements we have managed so far: Naina Lal Kidwai of Indian Sanitation Coalition

Oct 02, 2018 16:09 (IST)
I am 29 years old and that is not such long life span but the deterioration all around in terms of the environment is worrying. I worry the world my children will grow up in. Where will the world be 15 years from now, if we continue the same way: Parineeti Chopra

Oct 02, 2018 16:06 (IST)
Last year we were shooting in the North during winters and it was terrible, with the smog and people on the set were falling sick, the crew had difficulty in breathing. It is just not a great atmosphere: Arjun Kapoor on Cleanathon
Oct 02, 2018 15:58 (IST)
At a very basic level, I believe people are getting educated. I think that the generation after us will be able to make a visible difference: Arjun Kapoor

Oct 02, 2018 15:56 (IST)
I scuba dive a lot and so I see the real sight inside the water. The sea is dying. But now I see people are standing up and cleaning up to stop the damage: Parineeti Chopra

Oct 02, 2018 15:49 (IST)
Namaste England team Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Director, Vipul Shah join the Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 15:48 (IST)
I am Chief Imam of many mosques and there are many madarsas in which we are going to start a WASH curriculum on sanitation especially, to teach them the importance of hand washing. Faith leaders have a role to play to guide people on to the road to cleanliness. We are going to organise a series of tree plantations: Imam Umar Ahmed Ilyasi

Oct 02, 2018 15:45 (IST)

Swami Chidanand Saraswati on Cleanthon: We will be asking all the dharm gurus during the Kumbh to organise inter faith programmes on sanitation and cleanliness. Given the state of the river, before we bathe in Ganga we must give bath to Ganga, do not throw waste in the river and if you find plastic in the water remove it.

Oct 02, 2018 15:35 (IST)
Panel comprising experts and faith leaders discuss the impact of sanitation on health. Many diseases, including vector borne diseases can be prevented by adopting simple practices like handwashing.

Oct 02, 2018 15:18 (IST)
Vibha Saraf performs at the Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 15:00 (IST)

We are now moving from swachhta to swasthya.  Health is very important, especially for women and they are playing a very important role in Jharkhand's improved performance in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Like Rani Mistris who are trained in masonary work, which is traditionally a male domain and are leading the bulk of the toilet construction in the state: Raghubar Das, Chief Minister of Jharkhand

Oct 02, 2018 14:43 (IST)
Chief Minister of Jharkhand, Raghubar Das joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 14:31 (IST)
All our 13,000 villages and municipalities have 100% sanitation coverage: Captain Amrinder Singh

Oct 02, 2018 14:21 (IST)

I think we will able to tackle stubble burning to some extent this year. We have got the money from Government of India which has been invested into machines for the farmers to cut the stubble into pieces and dispose it of in a more eco-friendly way, instead of burning it: Captain Amrinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister

Oct 02, 2018 14:11 (IST)
Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amrinder Singh joins the Cleanathon to talk about measures being taken to tackle stubble burning and curtail air pollution.

Oct 02, 2018 14:03 (IST)
Location: Zilla Parishad High School, Narsingi, Hyderabad

During the Cleanathon, children talk about how their school is a far better place after safe sanitation practices like handwashing, menstrual hygiene were introduced. Enrolment and attendance have both gone up, and even the pass percentage has gone up from 32 per cent to 100 per cent.

Oct 02, 2018 13:57 (IST)

Mahesh Sharma, Minister Of State Of Environment, Forests & Climate Change joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 13:53 (IST)
Singer, Richa Sharma performs at the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 13:38 (IST)

Kiren Bedi on Cleanathon: We have fixed the sanitation problem in Puducherry. All our 97 villages have toilets now. We will fine tune the facilities in the next 3 months. And we find that women are the biggest beneficiaries of toilet construction.

Oct 02, 2018 13:33 (IST)
Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 13:30 (IST)

In border areas, it is much more difficult for women to go in the open, so building toilets in the border area is being done: Jitendra Singh

Oct 02, 2018 13:26 (IST)
I think Clean India needs a lot of individual effort and also as a society we need to grow. We need to be united in tackling this issue: Jubin Nautiyal on Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 13:21 (IST)
Jitendra Singh, Minister of State of Atomic Energy joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 13:18 (IST)
Jubin Nautiyal performs Banwara Mann at Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 13:03 (IST)
We have to educate people to stop burning plastic. It is very cancerous. People should be made aware of the problems of throwing things in the drains, instead of waiting for the municipal authorities to clean up: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Oct 02, 2018 12:47 (IST)
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of Art of Living, joins the Cleanathon
Oct 02, 2018 12:46 (IST)
4Ps Needed To Make World Cleaner," Says PM On Gandhi's Birth Anniversary

Oct 02, 2018 12:43 (IST)
Sanitation is more important than political independence: H D Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister, Karnataka

Oct 02, 2018 12:42 (IST)
Chief Minister of Karnataka, H D Kumuraswamy joins the Cleanathon.

Oct 02, 2018 12:28 (IST)
Kavita Seth follows up her performance of the popular song Iktara with an energetic rendition of Dum-a-dum mast kalandar

Oct 02, 2018 12:17 (IST)
Afroz Shah during the Versova beach clean-up earlier in the day.

Oct 02, 2018 12:12 (IST)

Dr Indira Chakravarty, Padma Shri, Public Health Specialist on Cleanathon:

When we talk about Swachh Bharat we only think about sanitation and hygiene and do not think about the health aspect. We need to consider how SBM is impacting health. To me water and sanitation has multiple dimensions. Contaminated water leads to infection, nutrition means food to everyone but it is just not that. It is important to retain the nutrition which is bigger problem.

Oct 02, 2018 11:54 (IST)
We have adopted 8 villages and we are trying to make them model villages so that people do not migrate to cities: Kamal Haasan, Actor and Politician

Oct 02, 2018 11:42 (IST)
Move ahead of the beginning recites Prasoon Joshi in a poem to highlight the challenges that lie ahead of the Swachh campaign like lack of water.
Oct 02, 2018 11:34 (IST)
NSG has planted about 20,000 trees in this arid region of Manesar: Sudeep Lakhtakia, DG, National Security Guard

Oct 02, 2018 11:18 (IST)
I am quite confident that the progress that we are making, India zaroor swachh banega: Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra

Oct 02, 2018 11:14 (IST)
Ambikapur's waste management model has become an example for other cities of the country. I can now say with confidence that Chhattisgarh will be 100% open defecation before October 2019: Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

Oct 02, 2018 11:06 (IST)
We want to move from swachh bharat to swasth bharat: Prannoy Roy during Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 11:00 (IST)
Didn't know that air pollution is the third biggest killer in India. I think awareness is crucial: Kaneez Surka, Comedian
Oct 02, 2018 10:54 (IST)
This issue of sanitation or cleanliness was never a center stage issue in India, now it is. From school children participating in cleanliness drives to people cleaning up villages. This is the beginning of a bigger campaign in India: Arun Jaitley

Oct 02, 2018 10:51 (IST)
We cannot have dirty minds and expect cleanliness: Prannoy Roy

Oct 02, 2018 10:44 (IST)

When Prime Minister launched the program, people thought this will be just another photo op.  But this has turned out to be a people's movement. Most important was the rural India which needed behavioural change, how do you get villagers to change the habit of going out even after toilets are built? Another big factor has been the fact that it has become a women's movement: Arun Jaitley


Oct 02, 2018 10:40 (IST)
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 10:39 (IST)
This clean-up campaign is not a one-time campaign. It needs to be a sustained effort. It needs to be part of our culture: Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State of Home Affairs

Oct 02, 2018 10:33 (IST)
Afroz Shah, Versova beach clean-up warrior joins the Cleanathon with what he does best, let his actions speak louder than words. 1500 volunteers gathered for the clean-up at the beach this morning.

Oct 02, 2018 10:21 (IST)
Palak Muchal performs her hit song Prem ratan dhan pao

Oct 02, 2018 10:05 (IST)
Majority of the diseases are because of contaminated water. The government does not have required resources. If the private investment is brought in, we can achieve results sooner: Nitin Gadkari

Oct 02, 2018 09:57 (IST)
Till we recycle water and cut down our use of fresh water sources, we will not be able to solve the water problem: Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport & Highways  & Water Resources Minister

Oct 02, 2018 09:51 (IST)
Waste to wealth is the way forward to make India clean: Nitin Gadkari.

Oct 02, 2018 09:45 (IST)
Nitin Gadkari joins the Cleanathon

Oct 02, 2018 09:40 (IST)

We have definitely achieved so much and we are proud of it.Earlier 40% of the country had access to toilets now its 90%. 8.5 crore toilets built in last 5 years.The stats point out that earlier 650 million people were defecating in the open 5 years ago, now the figure is down to 250 million. What this means is less diarrhea and less disease: Rakesh Kapoor, Global Ceo, Reckitt Benckiser