Over 100 districts now open defecation free: PM Narendra Modi

Modi on October 2, 2014 had launched the Swachch Bharat mission with a target to achieve open defecation free country.

Published: 08th March 2017 09:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th March 2017 09:14 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that his dream project of Clean India mission has virtually turned into a mass movement and over 100 districts all over the country have become open defecation free (ODF).

Writing on Twitter, Prime minister Modi said,“I am glad that the Swachh Bharat Mission is a mass movement, with over 100 districts now open defecation free.”

He added that three ODF states, 101 such districts and 1,67,226 such villages in the country and a total of 34,879,320 toilets have also been built in households.

Prime minister on October 2, 2014 had launched the Swachch Bharat mission with a target to achieve open defecation free country by end of 2019. And the theambitious mission is divided into two categories--Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).

While addressing the Swachh Shakti 2017 – A Convention of Women Sarpanches, at Gandhinagar, PM has urged the gathering to maintaining the momentum which has been generated towards cleanliness. The Prime Minister asserted that Swachhata, or cleanliness, has to become our habit. He said the poor gain the most when we achieve cleanliness and eliminate dirt.

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