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The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) India, in association with UNICEF India, held a two-day Summit in Ladakh, entitled the ‘Worship for WASH’. The Ladakh Summit initiates a dialogue on critical issues of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Health), specifically in the Ladakh region. The Summit discussed the inter-linkage of multiple issues of inequity, lack of access and other related issues in the region, with special focus on minority populations.

Speaking on the occasion Hon’ble Shri Narendra Singh Tomar said, “I thank Pujya Swamiji on behalf of the Government of India for taking up this issue of sanitation amongst faith leaders. Here we have 25 faith leaders on the stage, but there influence and trust reaches crores of people. I have great hope for Leh, which is only 2400 houses short of becoming completely Open Defecation Free (ODF). Hence, it will become the 18th district to be declared ODF and this is indeed a great opportunity.”

“Science and technology has also supported Swachh Bharat Mission all along the way by innovation and research, like waste management, toilet technology, means of water purification and plastic re-use. S&T is behind you in this mission and we have shown that waste can be turned into wealth”, said the Hon’ble Dr Harsh Vardhan, addressing the gathering on the first day.