Madhya Pradesh has created the new Guinness record for organising a massive hand washing programme on October 15, last year.
As many as 12,76,425 schoolchildren had participated in a simultaneous hand washing programme organised at 13,196 venues in 51 districts of the state on the occasion of Global Handwashing Day.
The record has been updated on the website of the Guinness Book of Records, additional chief secretary of panchayat and rural development (P&RD) department Aruna Sharma said. The P&RD department had organised the record breaking feat in MP.
MP schoolchildren have breached the previous world record of simultaneous hand washing achieved jointly by Argentina, Mexico and Peru in October 2011. A total of 7,40,870 people had participated in the event organised by the Pan-American Health Organisation, Region of Americas.
In the record books
The mass hand washing programme was organised at all the government schools and anganwadis of the state with the support of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme of the MPTAST (MP Technical Assistance Support Team) of UK's department for international development (DFID). International agency WaterAid also supported the programme.
To validate the attempt for the Guinness records, video recording of the event was undertaken at selected 19,735 schools.
Documents, including names of all participating students and the uncut video recording of the event were submitted to the Guinness authorities.
The record has been recently updated on the official website of the record books www.guinnessworldrecords.com.