Jal Shakti Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Minister of State, Jal Shakti, Rattan Lal Kataria conferred the Swachhata Awards 2020 on the 20 best performing districts for contributing towards ODF Sustainability and ODF Plus goals on World Toilet Day today. These awards were given at a virtual ceremony organized by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
In his address, Mr Shekhawat said that the Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin has transformed rural India by manifesting into a Jan Andolan for sanitation. He said the Open Defecation Free rural India milestone was achieved in mission mode in a span of five years. Taking forward this success, Phase 2 of the Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin has been launched early this year. It focuses on ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management aiming at comprehensive cleanliness in villages.