25k villages become open defecation free under Swachh Bharat Mission

Under Phase-2 of the nationwide Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), 25,000 villages have declared themselves Open Defecation Free (ODF).

In a tweet, the SBM team said that villages across India are working actively to ensure safe sanitation, solid and liquid waste management arrangements and visual cleanliness for achieving ODF plus status.

A financial outlay of Rs 1,41,600 crore has been finalised for SBM-U 2.0, including a central share of Rs 36,465 crore, which is over 2.5 times the financial outlay of Rs 62,009 crore in the last phase of the mission, the government had said in a statement in October.

The statement said the second phase of SBM focuses on the sustainability of ODF outcomes, achieving scientific processing of solid waste in all cities, and managing wastewater in cities with less than one lakh population as per Census 2011.

The SBM was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, to accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage and to put the focus on sanitation.

The government had said that the implementation of the mission components will be done in a structured and time-bound manner, with a thorough gap analysis of required infrastructure, detailed five-year action plans, and annual action plans with timelines.

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