In a bid to improve sanitation coverage and solid liquid waste management in country, 10 August 2017 Centre has launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017. The Quality Council of India (QCI) has conducted a transparent third-party assessment of the present status of rural sanitation in all States and UTs, called Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017
Launching this in Capital, Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, toilet usage has increased to 91 per cent in the country whereas overall toilet coverage in rural India has reached to 66 per cent. All districts of the country will be ranked under the Swachh Survekshan Gramin on the basis of performance, sustainability and transparency. So far, 4,600 villages and 1.4 lakh households have been covered under Swachh Sarvekshan (Gramin) Survey. Tomar informed that 160 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and more than 2.2 lakh villages are ODF so far.
It was also announced that, to encourage States and districts to improve their Sanitation coverage and Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), the MDWS will also begin ranking all districts in India based on the data available on the SBM-G IMIS quarterly. The ranking will be done based on parameters of Performance, Sustainability and Transparency, and the first ranking will be announced on 2nd October, 2017 for the quarter July-September 2017. To instil healthy competition amongst districts, they will also be given awards based on this ranking on a quarterly basis.
Prime Minister’s call to the nation to Quit Filth, it was announced by Tomar that the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) will celebrate the week leading up to the 70th Independence Day as “Khule Mein Shauch Se Azaadi”saptaah. Over 4.54 crore household toilets have been constructed since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin. 2,20,104 villages, 160 districts and 5 States declared ODF. Sanitation Coverage has increased from 39% in October 2016 to 66% in August 2017.