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  • Sanitation Action Plans Prepared for 10 New Swachh Iconic Places

    Ten new heritage sites of the country today firmed up action plans for raising their sanitation standards to exemplary levels. These places constitute Phase-III of the Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative of the Swachh Bharat Mission coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

  • Swajal Launched in 115 Aspirational Districts of India

    A National Consultation on the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Swajal was held in the Capital today to discuss the reforms needed in NRDWP and to outline a road map for the Swajal scheme. The consultation was chaired by the Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti. The Minister of State for Drinkin...

  • Ten new Swachh Iconic Places launched under Swachh Bharat Mission.

    Ten new iconic sites, namely, RaghavendraSwamy Temple (Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh); Hazardwari Palace (Murshidabad, West Bengal); Brahma Sarovar Temple (Kurukshetra, Haryana); VidurKuti (Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh); Mana village (Chamoli, Uttarakhand); Pangong Lake (Leh-Ladakh, J&K); Nagvasuki Temple (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh); ImaKeithal/market (...

  • Rural sanitation coverage under Swachh Bharat crosses the 85% mark

    Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the largest behavior change programme in the world, the rural sanitation coverage of India has now risen to 85%. Through mobilization of rural communities, 7.4 crore toilets have been built across rural India, and as an outcome, over 3.8 lakh villages and 391 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (O...

  • UP to achieve ODF status by 2nd October, 2018

    UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G) in Lucknow with all District Magistrates of the State through Video Conferencing last evening. Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India was also in attendance, along with Chief Secretary Uttar Pradesh and other s...

  • Akshay Kumar launches ad campaign for Swachh Bharat

    Eminent actor, Shri Akshay Kumar, today launched an advertisement campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) in the capital. The campaign was launched at a Collectors Convention for Toilet Technology organized in the capital. The campaign focuses on promoting the twin pit toilet technology in rural India, and also features actor, Ms Bhum...

  • CAG and Secy MDWS empty toilet pit near Pune for Swachh Bharat

    The Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Shri ‎Rajiv Mehrishi, and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Parameswaran Iyer emptied a toilet pit from a twin pit toilet in rural Maharashtra early this morning. Senior sanitation officers from States across the country, including Additional Chief Secretaries of Maharashtr...

  • Registration for Swachh Bharat Summer Internship Extended Apply by 15th June 2018

    The last date for registration for Swachh Bharat Summer Internship, a privileged scheme for the country’s youth to associate formally with Swachh Bharat Mission and also earn career benefits, has been extended. Students of Higher Education institutions and members of NYKS can now register for the internship till 15th June 2018. Earlier the las...

  • Madhya Pradesh to be declared ODF by October this year: CM

    The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the State will be declared as open defecation free (ODF) by Gandhi Jayanti this year. This will mean that the State will become ODF one year before the national timeline of October 2nd, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • 71 Union Ministries/Departments allocate 16.5 thousand Crore rupees for Swachhata

    Nearly Rs 16.5 thousand crores have been earmarked by 71 Ministries/Departments of Government of India to take up swachhata activities within their own spheres during the FY 2018-19. This earmarking is over and above the budget of Ministries in-charge of sanitation in the country, i.e. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for Swachh Bhara...

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