India Crosses 50,000 Open Defecation-Free (ODF) Plus Villages

The milestone of getting 50,000 open defecation-free (ODF) plus villages has been crossed by the country. The top-performing states under this programme are Telangana which has 13,960 ODF plus villages, followed by Madras and Madhya Pradesh.

In 2020, the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen Phase-II was launched with the aim of ensuring that each one of the villages across the country is declared as ODF Plus by the tip of the year 2024.

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According to the Jal Shakti ministry, achieving the ODF plus mission has several aspects that include the GOBARdhan Scheme, biodegradable waste management, plastic waste management, greywater management, and Faecal sludge management.

Into three categories, the ODF Plus villages are divided. These categories are Rising, Aspiring, and Model, which displays their progress.
The ODF Plus villages programme has resulted in an exceedingly competitive and healthy spirit that has resulted in the participation of the people towards the accelerated implementation of “sampoorn swachhata.”

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Under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, more than one crore people from around 22,000-gram panchayats have participated in several sanitation activities which are commendable.

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In February 2020, the Grameen Phase-II scheme was enforced by the ministry of Jal shakti. Under this programme emphasis is given to the success of clinical trials and also adequate facilities are being provided for Solid, Liquid, and plastic Waste Management (SLWM) across rural India. This programme is being implemented from 2020-21 to 2024-25 and encompasses a financial outlay of Rs. 1,40,881 crores