The central government in its press release claimed that Jammu and Kashmir have shown a phenomenal improvement in its rural sanitation coverage since the launch of the SBM(G). From 22% in October 2014, the rural sanitation coverage in the State today stands at over 98% and the State is close to declaring itself Open Defecation Free.
“ The progress has been even more remarkable in recent months. Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increased from 39% in 2014 to over 90% today, with over 4.2 lakh villages, 429 districts, and 19 States/UTs already declared ODF”, the government press release read.
The government came up with the press release after Secretary of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Mr. Parameswaran Iyer reviewed the progress of Jammu and Kashmir on Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) at Srinagar on August 21. He also visited Kupwara and took stock of the sanitation progress in villages by interacting with the local residents.
The Prime Minister of India launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October 2014 to attain universal sanitation coverage. The scheme has been categorized into two missions: Swach Bharat Mission(Urban) and Swach Bharat Mission(Rural).
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The government has claimed that it wants to attain sanitation through Solid and Liquid Waste Management activities, and by ensuring that the country has Open Defecation Free villages.
As per the reports, over ₹620 billion has been allotted by the government for the scheme and the government has been providing 12,000rs to each family for construction of toilets at their homes.
In 2015, The World Bank had offered to provide $1.5 billion in loans for the Swach Bharat Scheme so that the people in India attain standard sanitation across the rural and urban area.
However, The Economic Times in its report in 2017 said that the World Bank is yet to release fund for the same. “The World Bank has not released any tranche of a billion dollar 2015 loan to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen (SBM-G) to address India’s poor sanitation practice in rural areas as the government has fallen short on its commitments,” the Economic Times report read.