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Declaring India 'Open Defecation Free' Doesn't Mean Sanitation Goals Have Been Met

3rd October, 2019

October 2, 2019, marked the five-year anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – an ambitious programme aimed at declaring the country free from open defecation.

There is much to celebrate. As per government data, in rural areas alone, over 10 crore toilets have been built in the last five years, representing a staggering 38 toilets built per minute. While questions remain on the true extent of coverage or usage, there is no doubt that the country has seen an unprecedented rise in access to individual household toilets. Today, many more are aware of sanitation than ever before and those for whom access was the main barrier, have seen an increase in the usage of sanitation facilities.Read More...