Is India Really 96 % open Defecate Free
The Census 2011 told us only 32% of India’s rural households had toilets. Under the Narendra Modi government’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), starting in 2014, by more than a multiple of 12. This would have been thrice as fast as the fastest five-year decline in open defecation ever recorded globally. The speed with which toilets are being constructed has indeed gained momentum. Over 4.5 million toilets had been constructed between October 2014 and October 2017. This then jumped to 9.12 million by December 30, 2018. By October 2017, more than 2,43,000 (of India’s 6,50,000) villages, 201 out of 677 districts and five states had been declared ODF. This then reached an incredible 5,39,000 villages, 580 districts, and 27 states and UTs by December 30, 2018, in just 15 months.