The government has invited applications for its latest initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission called the ‘San-Sadhan’ Hackathon,
The initiative aims to ease the lives of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) by making toilets smarter, more accessible and easier to use.
The initiative is being organized jointly by the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 91springboard.
Through this hackathon,the government is looking for smart,scalable and innovative solutions for economical toilets for individual and community use in rural and urban contexts.
As per census 2011,about 2.68 crore people in India fall under the category of Persons with Disabilities(PwD).
The Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act,2016 mandates universal accessibility for PwDs in public-oriented premises and services such as health,transport,educational facilities as well as sanitation.