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               Since 2014, the Government of India has been actively addressing
               sanitation challenges through the Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen
               (SBM-G). From ending open defecation by providing access to
               sanitation to all households and institutions, and enabling village
               communities to put in place systems for the effective management
               of solid and liquid waste, efforts have been consistent to promote rural cleanliness and strive
               towards Sampoorna Swachhata.

               There has been remarkable progress in SBM-G in the last one year. On its part, the
               Government of India, supported by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS)
               has created an enabling environment by making funds available from SBM-G, the 15  Finance
               Commission, and under MGNREGA.

               An  initiative  that  has  gained  prominence  in  recent  months  is  the  GOBARdhan  Scheme
               which supports villages in the safe management of cattle, agricultural and organic waste,
               by converting it into clean fuel and organic manure to improve environmental sanitation and
               reduce vector-borne diseases. With adequate financial allocation, the initiative demonstrates
               the Government’s commitment to waste-to-wealth models and clean energy.

               Above all, SBM-G has shown that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are achievable
               while making a perceptible difference in the level of cleanliness in rural India. The impact of
               the world’s largest sanitation campaign is assessed from time to time. The ongoing Swachh
               Survekshan Grameen (SSG) 2023 is a survey that ranks states and districts based on their
               performance in key quantitative and qualitative SBM-G parameters. While promoting active
               participation in ODF Plus activities, it facilitates peer verification, fosters healthy competition
               among GPs, and recognizes outstanding performers at all levels.

               With barely two years left for the campaign to meet its objectives, it is crucial to have effective
               partnerships between stakeholders at all levels – Government Ministries, private sector,
               development partners, NGOs, etc., given that SBM-G has always been a people’s movement.

               The Rural WASH Partners’ Forum (RWPF) brings together stakeholders from across the WASH
               sector to support villages and districts in implementing ODF Plus activities and setting up
               ODF  Plus  assets.  Their  involvement  is  expected  to  accelerate  activities  and  bring  about
               sustainable change in matters related to hygiene and sanitation in the country, and finish
               the last mile of the country’s journey towards a clean and healthy India.

                                                                                  Shri Jitendra Srivastava
                                                                                     JS&MD SBM-G, DDWS
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