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Gujarat: 4,800 villages declared open defecation-free

A team headed by Parameswaran Iyer, secretary, Union Ministry of Drinking and Sanitation visited Gujarat to conduct a review about the progress made under the mission.

A total of 4,800 villages in state have been declared as open defecation-free (ODF), stated Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Sanitation, while apprising a central team Friday about the various steps being taken by the state under Swachh Bharat Mission.

A team headed by Parameswaran Iyer, secretary, Union Ministry of Drinking and Sanitation visited Gujarat to conduct a review about the progress made under the mission. He met chief secretary and principal secretary (sanitation) and discussed the progress made by the state towards achieving open defecation-free (ODF) status, stated a government release here.

The state has achieved a sanitation coverage of 73.75 percent and 4,800 villages in Gujarat have declared themselves as ODF, Ravi stated. The union secretary later met with Gujarat’s chief secretary G R Aloria and held a video conference with all District Development Officers, where they expressed readiness to achieve the goals of the mission soon, the release added.