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Swachh Bharat Mission: Sanitation coverage in rural India has risen to 85%



Swachh Bharat Mission: Sanitation coverage in rural India has risen to 85%

The sanitation coverage in rural India has risen to 85% under Swachh Bharat Mission, the largest cleanliness campaign in the world.

According to the recent survey by an Independent Verification Agency, in India across 90,000 households in over 6000 villages found that the usage of toilets in rural India had risen to 93.4%.

Earlier, Two independent surveys conducted in the past by the Quality Council of India in 2017 and National Sample Survey Organization in 2016 also recorded the use of toilets in rural India to be around 91% and 95% respectively.

Through the mobilization of rural communities, around 7.4 crore toilets have been built across rural India, and as an outcome, over 3.8 lakh villages and 391 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF).

As per the survey, this development is important as, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), sanitation coverage increased to more than double the coverage at the time of the launch of the Mission.

This success has reportedly been achieved due to the difference in approach to sanitation adopted by the Swachh Bharat Mission in comparison to the previous sanitation programmes in the country.


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