Press Releases

  • Independent Verification of Swachh Bharat Grameen confirms over 96% usage of toilets

    The National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2018-19, conducted by an Independent Verification Agency (IVA) under the World Bank support project to the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G), has found that 96.5% of the households in rural India who have access to a toilet use it. The NARSS also re-confirmed the Open Defecation Free (ODF...

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitates the Safai Karmacharis working in Kumbh

    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, honoured and paid respect to the safai karamcharis working in the Kumbh Mela, by washing the feet of five of them. The Prime Minister washed and wiped each of their feet in a private interaction. He also had a brief conversation with them before joining the main event.

  • Prime Minister addresses 16,000 women Swachhata Champions to honour Swachh Shakti

    The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today saluted the contribution made by women in leading the Swachh Bharat people’s movement. He was addressing 16,000 women Swachhata Champions from across the country who have come to Kurukshetra, Haryana, for the Swachh Shakti 2019 convention.

  • Amitabh Bachchan Stars in ‘Darwaza Band-Part Two’ to Sustain Sanitation Gains

    The Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen today launched the 'Darwaza Band -Part 2' campaign which focuses on sustaining the open defecation free status of villages across the country. The campaign, produced by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, was launched in Mumbai in the presence of iconic actor Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Maharashtra’s Min...

  • Swachh Bharat Mission Scales up Waste Management in Rural India: Forty six New Projects Committed Countrywide

    The Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBMG) of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, held a National Workshop on Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) on 30th and 31st January 2019 in New Delhi. The workshop was attended by District Collectors, CEOs, CDOs, Executive Engineers and other officers, from across the country.

  • Uma Bharti stresses the importance of ODF Sustainability at Swachhata Samaroh in Agra

    Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushri Uma Bharti, today highlighted the importance of sustaining the open defecation free status achieved in over 5.5 lakh villages and 600 districts across rural India. She was addressing a Swachhata Samaroh in Agra of over 5000 key swachhata stakeholders like Gram Pradhans, Swachhagrahis, ASH...

  • Swachh Credit to be accelerated for water and sanitation Joint initiative by MDWS and DFS

    The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS),together with the Department of Financial Services (DFS),today organized a workshop to accelerate‘Swachh Credit’ to increase lending in the water and sanitation (WASH) sectorby large banks and financial institutions, during the SwachhataPakhwada of DFS. The workshop was attended by senior re...

  • Uma Bharti reviews sanitation arrangements at Kumbh; addresses Swachhagrahi Sammelan

    The Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Sushree Uma Bharti, reviewed the interventions undertaken for better sanitation and for awareness generation around Swachh Bharat at the ongoing Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj. 1500 swachhagrahis from different districts of Uttar Pradesh have been deployed at the Mela to ensure cleanliness. Swachha...

  • 5th National Swachh Iconic Places review in Mumbai Significant Progress in Sanitation at 20 Locations

    The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and State Government agencies, local administrations and the Trusts/ Boards of the Swachh Iconic Places (SIPs) came together for a two-day consultation in Mumbai, represented by over 100 delegates from across the country. The consultation included a field visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus w...

  • Swachh Bharat Mission well on track to achieve ODF

    Under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), over 5.4 lakh villages and 585 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). 27 States and Union Territories have declared themselves ODF so far. Over 9 crore toilets have been built across rural India so far, taking the national rural sanitation coverage up from 39% in 2014 to over 98% tod...

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