Swachh Bharat: A Guinness Record for washing hands recognised in Madhya Pradesh

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A record created in Madhya Pradesh on ‘World hand-washing day’ last year has been registered by the Guinness Book of World Records.

According to the official Guinness Book website, 12,76,425 students created a world record on October 15, 2014 by simultaneously washing their hands at various programmes held by panchayats and rural development departments. The feat was achieved across 13,196 different locations in 51 districts of Madhya Pradesh.

The record was earlier jointly held by Mexico, Argentina and Peru, 7,40,870 people washed their hands simultaneously on October 14, 2011.

“Washing hands with soap was done at government primary and middle schools as well as anganwadi childcare centres to create awareness about hygiene,” said Additional Chief Secretary of Panchayats and Rural Development Aruna Sharma.

The Guinness Book of World Records has even video graphed and recorded the event on mobile phones.

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