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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 11:28 IST

Clean India initiative achieved through public participation, without amending constitution: PM

In a conversation with a leading English Daily, PM Modi commented on the clean India initiative.

Nishtha Narayan
PM Modi in Varanasi, kashi tamil sangamam
PM Modi in Varanasi, kashi tamil sangamam | Image:ANI
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that his government's "most transformative steps," such as the "Clean India" national toilet-building campaign and the groundbreaking push for digital public infrastructure that has brought nearly 1 billion people online, “have been realized without amending the constitution but through public participation.”

In a conversation with a leading English Daily, PM Modi commented on the clean India initiative. 

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Swachh Bharat Mission Achievements and milestones

On October 2, 2014, the Indian government initiated the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, also known as the Clean India Mission, in recognition of the serious risks that unclean public spaces pose to both people and the environment. The mission's objectives were to build toilets, monitor toilet construction and use, and end open defecation in rural areas between 2014 and 2019.

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In October 2019, on the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth, all Indian villages, Gram Panchayats, Districts, States, and  Union Territories declared themselves to be "open-defecation free." This marked a significant milestone under this mission.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan included waste management in its mission scope as the campaign developed. It placed a strong emphasis on recycling,  responsible solid waste disposal, and waste segregation at the source.

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Additionally, according to the Economic Survey 20–21, when comparing 2018 to 2012, access to sanitation has improved in all rural states and most urban states. Notably, states with poor sanitation coverage in 2012 have improved their access, resulting in a decrease in regional disparities in sanitation availability. Corresponding to this, there is now more access to sanitary facilities.

According to the survey, more than 10 crore toilets have been constructed in rural India as a result of SBM, marking an amazing increase in the coverage of rural sanitation. On the other hand, 4,327 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in urban areas have so far been declared free of open defecation due to the construction of more than 66 lakh private toilets and more than 6 lakh community/public restrooms.

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The country has achieved yet another major milestone under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase II with three-fourth of the total  villages in the country i.e., 75% villages achieving ODF Plus status under Phase II of the Mission, according to Press Information Bureau. 

An ODF Plus village is one  which has sustained its Open Defecation Free (ODF) status along with implementing either solid or liquid waste management systems.  As on date, more than 4.43 lakh villages have declared themselves ODF Plus, which is a significant step towards achieving the SBM-G phase II goals by 2024-25, added PIB. 

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The top performing States/UTs which have achieved 100% ODF Plus villages are – Andaman & Nicobar Islands, D&N Haveli, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Ladakh, Puducherry, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Tripura, PIB stated. Among States/ UTs  – Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim have 100% ODF Plus Model villages.  These States & UTs have shown remarkable progress in achieving the ODF Plus status, and their efforts have been instrumental in reaching this milestone, as per PIB. 
 




 

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Published December 21st, 2023 at 11:00 IST

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