Kerala becomes open defecation free state

"Kerala becomes first high density populated state in the country to achieve Open Defecation Free status today on its formation day," Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a tweet.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 1, 2016 9:29 pm

Kerala has become the third Open Defecation Free (ODF) state in the country. The announcement was made on the state’s foundation day today. Earlier, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim had declared themselves Open Defecation Free.

“Kerala has become an ODF state today,” Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer said.

He said over 1 lakh villages across the country have become ODF.

“Kerala becomes first high density populated state in the country to achieve Open Defecation Free status today on its formation day,” Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a tweet.

Meanwhile, a source said three more states–Gujarat, Haryana and Uttarakhand–will be announcing themselves as ODF soon.

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    Kumarji Veg
    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:25 am
    It is a shame on the part of anyone to claim credits for making Kerala ODF, because Malayalis have long since abandoned open defecation without any government interventions. It is not open defecation that pollutes the land, water and air in Kerala but dead body parts of animals and birds dumped by innumerable illegal slaughter houses and chicken stalls. Animals are cruelly killed in these slaughter houses and without any civic sense or public decency the body parts find its way to street sides, waterways and everywhere. No government action to close down illegal slaughter or dumping of wastes in public places. Government is actually inactive except for political acrobatics, and just watch people like rich businessmen taking law in their hands and running parallel administration in the state. lt;br/gt;In short, the so called open defecation free is just an eyewash, an easy score won with zero effort from government side. The real problems are swept under the carpet to fool the world.
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