“Modi has India talking about toilets…This is not the kind of issue that most politicians like to talk about. But I would guess that in the short time he has been in office, Prime Minister Modi has done more to raise the awareness of the need for toilets than any other leader since the country gained independence,” Gates said in a blog post titled ‘Meeting the New Prime Minister.’
“My wife and I were impressed after an hour discussion, by his commitment to fighting poverty and improving health for India’s poorest people,” Gates said.
Gates said Modi “made it clear” that he is “frustrated” with the slow pace of improvement in expanding and improving sanitation services across the country.
Modi, who wants to end open defecation by 2019, shared with the billionaire couple of his ideas, including installing toilets in bus and rail stations in 500 towns.