Andhra Pradesh takes the lead with 675 ODF Plus villages

As many as 1055 villages across the country have declared themselves as ODF Plus villages, having uploaded their ODF Plus declaration forms on the MIS of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen -Phase II website. 

Phase II of SBM-G focuses on sustaining the outcomes of Phase I, ensuring no one is left behind and attaining clean villages through Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM).

Taking the lead is Andhra Pradesh with 675 self-declared ODF Plus villages.  Haryana comes in second with 199 followed by Chhattisgarh with 89, Uttarakhand 35, Telangana 22, Sikkim 11, Himachal Pradesh 7, Punjab 6, Gujarat 5, Manipur 5 and Karnataka 1.

All these villages have fulfilled the parameters of – 100 per cent usage of individual household latrines and one Community Sanitary Complex (CSC) where needed in villages, proper management of solid and liquid waste, particularly plastic waste, and visual cleanliness within the village premises.

Districts with self-declared ODF Plus villages in Andhra Pradesh:

Sl.No.DistrictNo of ODF Plus villages
4East Godavari41
10Srikakulam 2
13West Godavari102

According to the SBM(G) team, Office of the MD, Swachha Andhra Corporation and SWM team and Office of the Commissioner Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department, the large number of ODF Plus declared villages in Andhra Pradesh is attributed to its campaign – Manam Mana Parishubratha implemented by the Officer of Commissioner, Panchayat Raj and Rural Development.   The objective of the campaign is to inculcate community participation in sanitation activity, with an aim to increase ownership of the programme.

The programme encourages community mobilization through constitution of Water and Sanitation Committees; awareness creation on importance of protected drinking water and sanitation; and adequate skilling to promote planning, designing, execution and supervision of sanitation activities.   The funds realized out of the activity and contributions are being used for sustaining the ODF Status with the aim to achieve ODF Plus status.

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