Under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G), rural Uttarakhand and rural Haryana have declared themselves as the 4th and 5th Open Defecation Free (ODF) States of India, respectively.
The two states joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, and Kerala, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increased from 42% to over 64% in just two and a half years since the launch of SBM.
Important Takeaways from the Above News-
- Sikkim was the first ODF state of the country.
- Swachh Bharat Mission was Launched on 2 October 2014 with the Main Objective To fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India.
Source- Press Information Bureau