One lakh Villages Becomes ODF

By 2nd October 2016, one lakh villages will become Open Defecation Free (ODF) and 40 Districts will achieve the status of ODF Districts in this financial Year.

At present 87, 666 villages are ODF, apart from 1,544 villages in Namami Gange areas.

This needs to be underlined that the sanitation coverage was 42.12 percent on 2nd October, 2014, when the programme was launched, which has now increased to 55.31 percent, while 24 Districts have been declared as ODF ones.

Sikkim is the only State which has achieved the ODF status, and Kerala, Haryana, Gujrat and Maharashtra will soon achieve the ODF status.

Sindhudurd District of Maharashtra was declared as best swachh district while, Patan in Gujrat bagged the award for best swachh iconic place.

Gangtok in Sikkim was adjudged as the best Tourist Place in the country.