NIZAMABAD: District collector Yogita Rana said that Nizamabad would be declared open-defaecation-free (ODF) by the end of March.

India has far higher open defecation rates than other developing regions where people are poorer, literacy rates are lower, and water is relatively more scarce. In practice, government programmes in rural India have paid little attention in understanding why so many rural Indians defecate in the open rather than use affordable pit latrines. Drawing on new data, a study points out that widespread open defecation in rural India is on account of beliefs, values, and norms about purity, pollution, caste, and untouchability that cause people to reject affordable latrines.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Open Defecation Free Villages, 01/12/2016. The Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has been launched on 2nd October, 2014, which aims

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Ranking of Cities on the basis of Swachh Bharat Mission, 01/12/2016. The Ministry of Urban Development has released the ranking of 73 Million plus cities including State Capitals which were surveyed under Swachh Survekshan-2016. The ranking was announced on 15th February, 2016. The details of rankings are at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Open Defecation Free Cities, 30/11/2016. The state-wise names of cities declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) are enclosed as annexure-I. A declaration has to be obtained from all wards of the city/town, without exception, declaring respective wards as ODF. City municipal administrations have to obtain a self-declaration of ODF from all the wards of the city as per due process. After obtaining the declaration, the city municipal administration may pass a preliminary resolution declaring the city to be ODF.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Open defecation free villages, 28/11/2016. As per the information uploaded by the States/UTs on the Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), State/UT-wise, number of villages that have declared themselves as Open Defecation Free (ODF) as on 22.11.2016 is at Annexure-1. State/UT-wise, number of ODF Districts/Blocks/Villages (both declared and verified) is at Annexure-2. District-wise, number of ODF Blocks/Villages in Chhattisgarh (both declared and verified) is at Annexure-3.

Nearly 43 per cent of India’s rural population defecate in the open, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Review of SBM-G, 24/11/2016. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation regularly reviews the progress made under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin). Sanitation Coverage, which was 42.05% on 2.10.2014, has increased to 57.15% on 21.11.2016. Total1,19,745 Villages have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) as on 21-11-2016.Coverage in Karnataka was 41.35% as on 2.10.2014, which has been increased to 61.10% as on 21.11.2016.Detail of States/UTs including Karnataka is at Annexure-1.

SALLONIPALLY: Hardly 40km from the Mahbubnagar district headquarters, Sallonipally was, till just a few days ago, like any other village in the district.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Open Defecation Free States, 17/11/2016. Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala have been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF)