PIB+BACKGROUND : (20th November 2018)238th Corps of Engineers Day + World Toilet Day

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PIB+BACKGROUND : (20th November 2018) 238th Corps of Engineers Day + World Toilet Day


  1. 238th Corps of Engineers Day (Ministry of Defence)

238th Corps of Engineers Day was celebrated on 18 Nov 2018. This day is celebrated to commemorate the raising of the first engineering company in 1780. A function was also organized at Kashmir House, New Delhi to honour the achievers of the Corps in the fields of technical competence, professional excellence, sports and adventures.

The modern day Corps of Engineers has three groups (amalgamated into the Corps on 18 Nov 1932):

  • Madras Sappers
  • Bengal Sappers and
  • Bombay Sappers

The Corps of Engineers provides combat engineering support, develops infrastructure for armed forces and other defence organizations, maintains lines of communication along India’s borders and provides relief to populace during natural disasters.

The above tasks are implemented under four pillars:

  • Combat Engineers
  • Military Engineering Service
  • Border Roads Organisation and
  • Military Survey

 

  1. PM’s message on World Toilet Day (Prime Minister’s Office)

Following is the PM’s message on World Toilet Day (19th Nov 2018).

“Today, on World Toilet Day, we reiterate our commitment towards enhancing cleanliness and sanitation facilities across the nation. We in India take pride at the remarkable speed with which sanitation cover has increased in the last four years.

The movement for a cleaner India and ensuring better sanitation facilities is a people’s movement. It is the 130 crore Indians, particularly women and youngsters who have taken the lead in this movement. I congratulate all those working to fulfil the dream of a Swachh Bharat.”

Background:

The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.

Today, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practice open defecation. However, this creates negative impact upon public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.

Thus, the SDG 6 aims to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet and that no-one practices open defecation by 2030.