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75% of Villages Are Now ODF Plus under Swachh Bharat Mission – Grameen

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: PIB

 Context: India has achieved a significant sanitation milestone under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase II, with 75% of villages in the country now declaring themselves ODF Plus.

  • As of now, over 4.43 lakh villages have achieved ODF Plus status, a significant step toward the SBM-G Phase II goals for 2024-25.
  • Several states and union territories have achieved 100% ODF Plus villages, including Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu, Jammu & Kashmir, and Sikkim, which also have 100% ODF Plus Model villages.
  • The Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase II aims to make all villages ODF Plus by 2025.

 

The achievement of 75% ODF Plus villages demonstrates India’s commitment to sanitation and hygiene, moving from ODF to ODF Plus in Swachh Bharat Mission Phase II.

 

ODF Plus status means that a village has maintained its Open Defecation Free (ODF) status while also implementing solid or liquid waste management systems.