The main focus of the present paper is to assess the level of awareness of women regards Village Health and Sanitation Committee (VHSC) and Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) for sanitation and health promotion of the rural women in Punjab in context of National Rural Health Mission now named National Health Mission. The past experience suggest that the successive national governments, aid organization, and charities have sponsored sewerage and toilet construction to improve access, however, this approach has not brought speedy progress as per expectations. Though the toilets have been built but they remain unused in most places because they are either technically or culturally inappropriate or the householders have not been taught the benefits of them. In recent years, Clean India Campaign or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) a flagship programme of Government of India, has been launched to eliminate open defecation, insanitary toilets, eradicate manual scavenging, ensure complete disposal and reuse of solid and liquid wastes, and above all bring behavioral changes. It is a well established fact that inadequate sanitation facilities and lack of awareness not only result in several health problems but also affect social and economic development of a country. To achieve the desired outcomes women need to be educated on the importance of sanitation both in rural and urban areas by focusing on household behaviours and community action. Against this backdrop the researcher intends to study the Campaign, its challenges and issues aiming primarily at examining the level of awareness of the women in the rural areas. It was found that the women are not aware about the different health and hygiene schemes meant for them, especially about VHSC and TSC. On the whole; the present paper is based on primary survey and finds a general lack of awareness among the rural women about the basic sanitation schemes.
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Priyanka Khanna. Taking Stock of cleanliness in Punjab: Examining Awareness of Rural Women about Total Sanitation Campaign. Int. J. Rev. and Res. Social Sci. 2019; 7(2):323-328. doi: 10.5958/2454-2687.2019.00022.4