The urban area of Maharashtra was declared Open Defecation Free on October 1, 2017, three years after the implementation of the programme. Similarly, an initiative to tackle waste disposal was launched on May 1, 2017.
The incident at Mehtab Shah Kutchi Basti had caused nationwide outrage with activists severely criticising the Rajasthan government after it cited the preliminary post-mortem report to claim that Hussain died due to cardio-respiratory failure.
On September 12, the Amla Janpad (Block) panchayat of Betul, struggling to meet the open defecation free target, slapped steep fines across seven of its villages. Only 13 out of 68 gram panchayats in Amla Janpad are ODF-free so far.
Down the Ganga, an Express Series Part 6: America was so named after her father heard the United States was the most developed country in the world. “I am stuck with this name. My destiny, however, has not changed,” she says.
Down the Ganga- An Express Series Part 4: As Swachh Bharat Abhiyan completes 3 years, villages along the Ganga in 5 states have been declared open defecation free. The Indian Express travels down the river for a reality check.
New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): Union Minister for Sanitation and Drinking Water Birender Singh said on Tuesday that Haryana would be fully developed only when there is enough clean water to drink for everyone. Birender said that under the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', the ruling dispensation will not leave any stone unturned to provide clean water facility in the villages. He added that soon the government will form a 'Panchvarshi' yogna, under which every village will get Rs 80 Lakh for the purpose of development.