Over one lakh villages across the country turned ODF plus

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According to Jal Shakti Ministry Over one lakh villages have declared themselves as open defecation-free (ODF) Plus.


  • These villages maintain their ODF status and have systems in place for solid and liquid waste management.
  • They are also working towards making their villages clean, green and healthy.

  • The Swachh Bharat Mission reinforces the government's commitment to promoting rural sanitation and improving the quality of life of its citizens.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the Swachh Bharat Mission with the aim of making the country open defecation free.

  • Rural India has become open defecation free 11 years ahead of the SDG-6 target set by the United Nations.

The top five performing states :

  • These states are Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh.

  • In these states the maximum number of villages have been declared as ODF Plus.

What are ODF Plus Villages ?

  • 'Open Defecation Free' (ODF) is a term used to describe communities that are using toilets instead of open defecation.

  • A village that maintains Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, ensures solid and liquid waste management and is visually clean is called "ODF Plus Village".

  • Toilet facilities should be ensured in all households, primary schools, panchayat houses and Anganwadi centers in these villages.

  • At least 80% of households should manage their solid and liquid waste effectively and have minimum litter and minimum stagnant water.

  • ODF Plus villages have been divided into three categories -Aspiring, Rising and Model. 

About the Swachh Bharat Mission :

  • Launched - on 2nd October 2014

  • Launched by - Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • Aims  -  to achieve the vision of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019.

  • Slogan - One step towards cleanliness

  • It is a restructured version of the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan launched in 2009.

  • The first phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission lasted till October 2019.

  • Phase 2 is being implemented between 2020-21 and 2024-25.

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