PM Modi declares over 5 lakh villages open defecation free

In December 2018, more than 50 lakh toilets participated in the 'Clean Beautiful Toilet' or 'Shining Toilet' contests, he said.

Published: 27th January 2019 02:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2019 02:23 PM   |  A+A-

PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said more than 5.5 lakh villages and 600 districts have been declared open defecation free (ODF) and 98 per cent of rural India is now under the sanitation coverage with nine crore households being provided with latrines.

"On October 2, 2014, we embarked on a memorable journey together to clean our country and to get rid of open defecation. Due to the unequivocal support from the people of India, today India is moving towards liberation from open defecation much prior to the target of October 2, 2019, so that we may pay our homage to Bapu on his 150th birth anniversary," Modi said in his 'Mann Ki Baat' monthly radio address.

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In December 2018, more than 50 lakh toilets participated in the 'Clean Beautiful Toilet' or 'Shining Toilet' contests, he said.

In the contests, people are making their toilets clean and colourful by having them painted. One can find lots of photos of such toilets from Kanyakumari to Kutchh to Kamrup, Assam on the social media, Modi said. The Prime Minister urged all the sarpanchs and village heads to take a lead in this campaign from their respective panchayats by "sharing their beautiful toilet photos" with him by using #MylzzatGhar on social media.

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  • Debkumar sasmal

    1 month ago reply
  • Mukesh Rajarshi

    Swacha bharat is beautiful initiative. Clean India will increase tourism and money will flow in India.
    1 month ago reply
  • Yuvraj Turakhia

    Bharat Mata ki Jay Jay Hind
    1 month ago reply
  • sarat sahu

    modi is best
    1 month ago reply
  • Prabhat Swain Oth India

    1 month ago reply

    Excellent work and making INDIA look better and better .
    1 month ago reply
  • Rakesh

    Even PM's home state Gujarat is also not open defecation free ( as claimed). Last week I had visited a place called Madhopur which is a beach town between somnath and dwarka
    1 month ago reply
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