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  • Uttar Pradesh to be Fully Open Defecation Free by 2018

    All 4480 villages on the bank of River Ganga in 52 districts and 5 states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal) were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Namami Gange initiative at the Ganga Gram Sammelan held today at Naini, Allahabad by Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayat...

  • Swachh Bharat launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017

    As the Swachh Bharat Mission approaches the third anniversary of its launch by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation today launched a third party verification survey report to take stock of the progress already made by the Mission in rural India. The Quality Council of India (QCI) has conducted a...

  • MDWS is crowd sourcing innovative ideas on Rural Sanitation

    The Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation, MDWS is organizing Swachhathon 1.0- the Swachh Bharat Hackathon, to crowd source solutions for the pressing issues pertaining to Sanitation. The event will be held on 8th September and the portal for submission of entries has been online since 2 Aug, 2017 at (http://innovate.mygov.in/swachhathon-1...

  • Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) issues advisory to State functionaries

    Behaviour change is the key to Swachh Bharat Mission’s success. In past three years, tireless effortsmade by thousands of government officials, grassroots leaders, volunteers and Swachhagrahishave made it possible that the number of ODF(Open Defecation Free) States has today gone up to 5, that of ODF districts has gone up to 156, and the numbe...

  • Swachh Bharat Mission picks up great momentum & on way to target

    The Government today said that Swachh Bharat Mission has picked up great momentum now and it is hopeful to achieve the target of Swachh Bharat by 02.10.2019. Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Ramesh Chandappa Jigjinagi said that the Sanitation Coverage, which was 41.80% on 2.1...

  • Clarification on media reports regarding SBM(G) progress

    Some recent reports in certain sections of the media have raised questions about certain aspects of the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin. They have quoted, and at times misquoted, national surveys to infer misleading findings. The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation would like to clarify these issues raised in the factually incorrect and mis...

  • MDWS organizes ODF Collectors’ Conference on Swachh Bharat in LBSNAA

    Under Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation organized a two day Collectors’ Conference at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie on June 29th and 30th. This was also a part of the Swachhta Pakhwada celebrations of the Department of Personnel and Training, under which the LBSNAA h...

  • MDWS launches a fresh national campaign led by Amitabh Bachchan

    The centre today launched an aggressive new campaign titled 'Darwaza Band' to promote toilet use and freedom from open defecation across the country's villages. The campaign produced by the MDWS under Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in the presence of iconic actor, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shr...

  • Swachh Bharat Mission to go all out for ‘Darwaza Band’

    For promotion of toilet usage across the country’s villages, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has come out with an aggressive new campaign called Darwaza Band starting tomorrow, May 30th, 2017.

  • Uttarakhand and Haryana declared 4th and 5th ODF States in the country

    Under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have declared themselves as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India. The two today joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increas...

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