It is easy to take a toilet for granted – lock the door, do your business, flush when finished, and forget all about it. But for 2.3 billion people worldwide – almost one in three – such a normal part of daily life is out of reach.

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has updated the existing guidelines for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin). The revised guidelines aims to help the States/UTs and other stakeholders to find all the important decisions, advisories of the Ministry at one place and provide an improved understanding of the programme.

Sri Lanka’s ambitious goals for economic growth and joining the community of uppermiddle-income countries call for setting high standards for the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector.

In rural areas, roughly 72 percent and 12 percent of people in urban areas still relieve themselves in the open.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Villages Declared as ODF, 03/08/2017. A statement regarding State/UT-wise, Open Defecation Free (ODF) declared and ODF verified villages by the respective State Governments, as on 23.06.2017 is at Annexure-1.

There is a growing recognition that many of the things we commonly discard are, simply, too good to waste. This is particularly true in the setting of poor rural villages facing water scarcity and low crop productivity and energy access – and where these waste streams actually pose a risk to health and ecosystem services.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on ODF Villages, 20/07/2017. The States/UTs - wise number of villages have been declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) during the last three year including the current financial year is at Annexure-I. The amount spent to make these villages ODF during the said period including Karnataka, State/UT-wise is at Annexure –II.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Households without Toilet Facilities, 20/07/2017. State/UT-wise, percentage of households without toilet facility in rural areas of the country including Jharkhand as on 17.7.2017 is at Annexure-1. SBM(G) is being implemented in districts of Jharkhand including tribal areas.

Omuthiya-Oshikoto Region’s directorate of rural water supply yesterday commenced with what will be a countrywide survey on rural water and sanitation in an effort to ascertain the accessibility and

JAIPUR: In the last three-and-a-half years, some 4,973 gram panchayats have become open-defecation free and 58.26 lakh toilets have been constructed in the state under the Clean India Mission (rura

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