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26th September 2022 (7 Topics)

Swachh Toycathon


The ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) has launched the Swachh Toycathon under the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav recently.


About Swachh Toycathon:

  • The competition is a convergence between the National Action Plan for Toys (NAPT) and Swachh Bharat Mission phase two (SBM 2.0).
  • It seeks to explore solutions for the use of waste in manufacturing toys.

The National Action Plan for Toys (NAPT) 2020 was introduced to promote the Indian toy industry including traditional handicrafts and handmade toys with the objective of establishing India as a global Toy hub.

  • The competition will be open to individuals and groups to bring forth innovation in toy designs using dry waste.
  • It will focus on efficient designs that can be replicated on a larger scale, toys that comply with minimum safety standards, as well as aesthetics of the toys.
  • Center for Creative Learning, IIT Gandhinagar is the knowledge partner for the initiative.
  • The competition will be hosted on MyGov’s Innovate India portal.

Status of Toy Market:

  • Global toy market is worth nearly $100 billion.
  • Of which, India contributes only around $1.5 billion.
  • India imports around 80% of toys from abroad, which means crores of rupees of the country are going abroad on them.

Swachh Bharat Mission phase two (SBM 2.0).

  • SBM-U 2.0, announced in Budget 2021-22, is the continuation of SBM-U first phase.
  • The government is trying to tap safe containment, transportation, disposal of faecal sludge, and septage from toilets.
  • It will be implemented over five years from 2021 to 2026 with an outlay of Rs.1.41 lakh crore.
  • Objectives:
    • It focuses on source segregation of garbage, reduction in single-use plastic and air pollution, by effectively managing waste from construction and demolition activities and bioremediation of all legacy dump sites.
    • Under this mission, all wastewater will be treated properly before it is discharged into water bodies, and the government is trying to make maximum reuse a priority.

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