More than half of people in rural areas still go for open defecation finds this survey on 'Swachhta' Status conducted by the NSSO during May-June 2015 covering 3,788 villages and 2,907 urban blocks.

Open defecation is practised by over 600 million people in India and there is a strong political drive to eliminate this through the provision of on-site sanitation in rural areas. However, there are concerns that the subsequent leaching of excreta from subsurface storage could be adversely impacting underlying groundwater resources upon which rural populations are almost completely dependent for domestic water supply. We investigated this link in four villages undergoing sanitary interventions in Bihar State, India.

ALMORA: A recent review of the Uttarakhand government agenda of providing adequate sanitation facilities in rural households in Almora in 2015-16 showed that 27% of the population in the rural area

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Nirmal Gram Status to Villages, 17/12/2015. Number of Gram panchayats awarded Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) during each of the last three years is at Annexure-1. Under the new Swach Bharat Mission (Gramin) launched on 2nd October, 2014, Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP) has been closed. State/UT-wise, number of Gram Panchayats identified for making Open Defecation Free during 2015-16 as per Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) prepared by the States/UTs is at Annexure-2.

This report explores the opportunities for investment in sanitation by the private sector, and it profiles 16 initiatives currently being undertaken for the provision of sanitation services and infrastructure, either through corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding, public private partnership (PPP), or independent corporate funding.

The government could achieve just above half of its pledged target on construction of individual household toilets under the total sanitation campaign in the past five years, accordi

Evidence from Water.org’s existing programs demonstrates that finance for sanitation is a significant opportunity for the Government of India, donors, financial institutions, and clients. Sanitation lending works and also leverages funding to achieve greater reach than traditional grant based models.

The Supreme Court has taken note of one of the minimum criteria that a person must have for contesting panchayat elections in Haryana — a toilet in the house — and asked the state government to fil

Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan recommends Swachh Bharat cess on petrol, diesel and telecom services in this report submitted to the Prime Minister. The group includes Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal, and the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawat,Modi.

The State Government has set a target to convert at least one block in each district and 1,040 gram panchayats as open defecation-free under Swachh Bharat Mission during the current fiscal.

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