Mumbai, August 10: Akshay Kumar while promoting his social driven film ‘Toilet-Ek Prem Katha’ also tied up with the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to foster the ‘Swachchathon’ which serves to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister Modi of ‘Swachch Bharat’.
The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation initiated ‘Swachhathon’- Swachh Bharat Hackathon, a six part cleanliness drive that invites and encourages the youth of our country to share innovative ideas on sanitation and win prizes.
The contest started on August 2nd, 2017 and will go on until August 25th, 2017.
· Technological Solutions for Safe Disposal of Menstrual Waste and Early Decomposition of Faecal Matter.
V Radha, Joint Secretary, Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation stated, “These are some of our real problems. The government understands the power of the people and we're looking out for ideas in innovation in toilet technology.”
The ministry has organized a curtain raiser on the 11th of August, shortlisted participants will be called for a demo to Delhi post August 25th, 2017 and the finalists will compete on September 8th, 2017.
Akshay Kumar, who interacted with various groups over the Swachh Bharat movement, stated, “The youth is here to make a difference, they are all about improving and empowering. It is good to see and hear how many great young and professional minds are setting about making the change.”
“This isn't a cause just for villages. There are students, especially girls, who have to drop out of schools purely because of the lack of toilets and sanitation. It's so sad that in this day and age hygiene is a major concern in this country, and that we are losing out on women becoming more educated for reasons beyond their control,” the actor added.
“This film isn't just about preaching ‘You should have a toilet, go make one'. The story encourages to teach elders and backward societies that having a toilet is not taboo; it will not only keep women safer and more comfortable, but most importantly, it will save lives. People don't understand the number of children that die every year from fecal diseases because of lack of toilets and sanitation. This film is not the answer, it is merely a stepping stone to the change that's needed,” Akshay concluded.
Our Khiladi has been always the epitome to drive youth with inspiration with his message; be it for girls or boys. This time Akshay Kumar with this socially driven film, ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’, is leaving no stone unturned to make a mark in the hearts of people with its innovative storyline.