Uttarakhand is the 4th state to become Open Defecation Free (ODF)
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 24-Jun-2017

Dehradun, June 24: As India tries to free itself from polluting environment, government takes steps to enhance environment at its best and provide as many amenities to the common people. Under Swachh Bharat Mission, government has launched Open Defecation Free (ODF) programmes which will avail toilets to the rural area people who still defecate in the open. States like Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Haryana and two others have implemented the Open Defecation Free (ODF) programme.

 

Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increased from 42% to over 64% in just two and a half years since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission. "Today, Swachh Bharat Mission has become a truly people's movement. People of Uttarakhand and Haryana, the government officials and representatives of other institutions have contributed towards this milestone," said Union Minister of Sanitation and Drinking Water Narendra Singh Tomar.

He also warned people that they should maintain the sustainability of the ODF status that the state has gained after cutting difficulties. Uttarakhand will also regulate the rule of segregating the waste into solid and wet waste. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat welcomed the cleanliness tag as an important achievement for Uttarakhand, saying all rural areas falling in all 13 districts in the state had become open defecation free. “Our next target now is to ensure that all urban areas become open defecation free by the end of this fiscal,” said Rawat.