Odisha aims open defecation free tag by end of this year


BHUBANESWAR: The state government has set a target to provide toilets to every household and make the entire state open-defecation free (ODF) by end of this year.

The state has also aimed to declare four districts ODF within two months, said Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi after reviewing the implementation of the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in the state on Thursday.

Padhi and drinking water and sanitation secretary of the government of India Parameswaran Iyer reviewed a high-level meeting on the issue at the state secretariat.

Padhi said Jharsuguda and Deogarh districts in the state have already achieved the ODF status while Balasore, Gajapati, Sambalpur and Sonepur will get the tag within two months.

Padhi said the toilet coverage in the state was only 10 per cent in October 2014 when works under the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan begun. However, 55 per cent areas have now achieved it. He said that the state witnessed substantial progress in construction of individual household latrines (IHHL).

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