New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The progress of Odisha in getting positive results in Swachh Bharat Mission is disappointing as only 40 percent households have toilet in rural areas of the State.
As per the Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017 report released by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday, 80 percent households use toilets across Odisha.
Ahead of third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched a survey report by Quality Council of India (QCI) to take stock of the progress made by the programme in rural India.
The QCI surveyed 1.4 lakh rural households across 4626 villages in all the states and union territories and found the overall toilet coverage to be 62.45%.
While the Swachh Bharat progress was satisfactory in the states — Haryana, Kerala, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh — the performance of Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in constructing toilets was not upto mark.
Kerala and Haryana registered 99% having toilet in the survey. Only 30% and 37% toilets were found in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively.
In view of poor status of rural sanitation in Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the Centre will take further initiative to improve their sanitation coverage and Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM).