Pune: Shramik Quisqualis Foundation, was set up after being inspired by the life of Dr.Mrs madhumalti Gune a visionary of her time, leading gynaecologist and social worker who was committed to changing positively the life of the girl child, women’s health, hygiene and education. The foundation works to include sanitation and build resilient social enterprise models to reach out to unserved settlements.
As a part of the nation-wide sanitation cleanliness campaign which was launched on the World Toilet Day on November 19, 2015, the foundation urged broad action to renew efforts in providing access to sanitation for all and work comprehensively to address the vicious cycle connecting poor sanitation in Pune.
A rally was organized today and was flagged off by the honourable MP of Pune Mr. Anil Shirole and citizens of Pune, employees and staff of various sanitation and waste management companies like SARA PLAST PVT LTD, Paryavaran, Energy Bin and also students and faculty of schools and colleges who such as IIEBM came forward to extend their support to combat the issues pertaining to septage management, environment protection, water conservation , sanitation, hygiene and dignity for women and children in the city.
The participants held placards, displayed their equipment and technologies promoting Total Sanitation for all, Healthy Life, need of toilets and the mission of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Anil Shirole, honourable BJP MP, commented, “With the honourable PM’s vision of Swachha Bharat Abhiyan, there is a need to accelerate this movement to spread awareness in the society. Today’s rally by Shramik Quisqualis Foundation is an inspiration for all of us. Central government, state government and state bodies like, PMC need to support the Swachha Bharat Abhiyan and work towards the development of this movement. Today’s initiative on sanitation and sewage management aims to create awareness among the citizens of Pune. I appeal to the society to join hands with the government bodies to develop solutions to eradicate social problems.
“As a president of BJP, we are taking steps to improve sanitation especially for women in the city. For the same we are conducting regular surveys and are taking appropriate actions towards this problem” added Mr. Shirole.
The rally acknowledged the staff of 3S India, locals, District Level officers, representatives of local governing bodies, students and teachers of different schools. Mr. Rajeev Kher, Trustee, Shramik Quisqualis Foundation, CEO of Saraplast Pvt. Ltd. and Founder, 3S India, said: “We are overwhelmed by the participation of people in today’s rally. This is a testament to the increasing awareness of sanitation and hygiene amongst people in the city. The need for clean and safe sanitation is an urgent global priority. We believe that portable sanitation is the solution to the present day epidemic of diseases that stem from a combination of poor hygiene, contaminated water and poor sanitation”
3S India actively participated in the rally. The company’s septic trucks, demo toilet, equipments, staff and other members displayed and held placards to promote sanitation in the city.
Today, worldwide, one in every three people lacks improved sanitation and one in every eight, practices open defecation and One in three people on this planet still don’t have access to clean and safe toilets.
The Pune rally, organized by Shramik Quisqualis Foundation was the concluding ceremony of the campaigns held in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, after receiving an overwhelming response from the public to create awareness for proper sanitation and septage management.
Poor sanitation and hygiene are at the heart of disease and malnutrition. Ending open defecation will lead to a 35 per cent reduction in diarrhea, which results in over 750,000 deaths of children under five years of age every year. Every year too many children under the age of five have their lives cut short or altered forever as a result of poor sanitation: more than 800,000 children worldwide – or one every two minutes – die from diarrhea, and almost half of all deaths of children under five are due to improper sanitation.
With the help of education, setting standards as per international benchmarks, professional approach to create a sense of pride and attract talent and investment, we can make a significant change in the global portable sanitation industry”
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