Swachh Survekshan Gramin - 2017:The Swachh Bharat Mission in rural India
- The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has come
up with the Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017.
- It is third party survey report by the Quality Council of
India (QCI) noting on the effectiveness of Swachh Bharat Mission in rural
- The survey was undertaken between May and June 2017 taking
into account the rural sanitation across 4626 villages in all states and union
- The Quality Council of India (QCI) was set up in the 1997 to asses and accredit bodies in the
field of health, education and quality promotion.
- The Union Government jointly with Indian Industry made QCI
an autonomous body.
- According to the QCI report, 62.45 % of the households have
access to a toilet in the rural areas and out of the people with had access to
a toilet, 91.29 % of the people used it
- Going into the number of toilets, over 4.54 crore household
toilets have been constructed since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission
- 2,20,104 villages, 160 districts and 5 States have been
declared Open Defecation Free (ODF)
- Sanitation Coverage has increased from 39 % in October 2016
to 66 % in August 2017
- The top performers in hygiene includes Northeastern States
of Sikkim, Nagaland and Manipur with 95 per cent rural households having
- Other top performing states were Himachal Pradesh and
Uttarakhand where toilet coverage in the rural houses was 90%.
- Almost all rural households in Kerala, Tamil Nadu Haryana
and Gujarat have been lauded to have a high access to a toilet
- The worst performing states in terms of rural sanitation
includes Bihar with a 30 % coverage, Uttar Pradesh with 37 % coverage and
Jharkhand with 37 % coverage of toilets.