The state of Himachal Pradesh on October 28th became Open Defecation Free (ODF), only the second state in the country to achieve the feat.
Before Himachal, Sikkim was the only state to have been declared ODF and they had achieved this feat even before (2012) PM Modi started the Swachh Bharat initiative in 2014.
Himachal has now successfully achieved 100% coverage and total rural sanitation coverage in the state, with all 12 districts in the state achieving both these feats.
The official declaration for same was made on October 27 when verification for the state was finished by the Union Health Ministry.
Addressing a public event in Shimla Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh congratulated the people of Himachal and said…
“The hill state of Himachal has become the first large state to become completely ODF. Such feat was not possible without the support of the people”.
The event was also attended by Union Health Minister J P Nadda, and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
While Rural Minister Tomar too thanked the people of Himachal, he went on to add…
“I am confident we would be able to sustain it in the future as well.”
Union Health Minister Nadda meanwhile congratulated the state for not only achieving the rare feat but also hitting the target six months ahead of schedule.
Nadda also expressed his wish to launch a joint programme with the state of Himachal so as to mitigate water-borne diseases in near future.