World Toilet Day | 19th Nov. 2020
Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and the Minister of State, Jal Shakti, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria conferred the Swachhata Awards 2020 to the 20 best performing districts for making significant contribution towards ODF Sustainability and ODF Plus goals on the occasion of World Toilet Day. These awards were given at a virtual ceremony organized by Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti and saw the online participation by Central, State and District SBM(G) officials.
In his address, Union Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that the SBM(G) has transformed rural India by manifesting into a Jan Andolan for sanitation under guidance and leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) rural India milestone in mission mode, in a span of five years. Taking forward the extraordinary success, Phase II of the SBM (G) has been launched early this year, which focuses on ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) aiming at comprehensive cleanliness in villages.
The Union Minister also had a virtual interaction on Sarpanch Samvad with Sarpanches from ODF Plus Gram Panchayats where Sarpanches shared their key activities such as SLWM, people’s participation and ODF Sustainability. The occasion also observed the screening of a short film on ODF Plus Film (Swachhata ke Paanch Mantra)
which shows key components of ODF Plus in a creative format.