Sanitation coverage in Indian villages now at 85%, govt says

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India now has over 3.8 lakh villages and 391 districts with Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, with 7.4 crore toilets having been built across rural India, the central government has said.

While the country has been running a nation-wide cleanliness campaign — Swachh Bharat — since 2014, the rural sanitation coverage of India has now reached 85%, it said. This is more than double the coverage at the time of the launch of the Mission.

There are 712 districts and about 6.4 lakh villages in India.

The usage of toilets in rural India is 93.4%, according to a recent survey conducted by an Independent Verification Agency across 90,000 households in over 6000 villages. The ratio was found to be over 90% by another survey carried out before by the Quality Council of India in 2017, and National Sample Survey Organization in 2016.

Swachh Bharat has a target of achieving a clean India by 2019.

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