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The Government of India released 40,700 crore funds, under Swachh Bharat Mission, for achieving waste management in 2 lakh villages

Posted By : Abhijeet Singh   |   Date : Jul 5 2021 8:00 AM

The Government of India released 40,700 crore funds, under Swachh Bharat Mission, for achieving waste management in 2 lakh villages

The Center has announced over 40,700 Crore rupees to support over 2 lakh villages achieve Solid and Liquid Waste Management, an effort underpinned by the Government of India esteemed Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen Phase 2.

The announcement was disseminated by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

The National Scheme Sanctioning Committee (NSSC) of SBM-G under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Jal Shakti has approved the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) of States and UTs, a government release said on Tuesday.

According to the data generated by the World Bank in the year 2019, nearly 65.53 % of people share the rural space in India. 

India is one of the fastest developing nations in the world. But when it comes to Rural development, especially in terms of waste management, we continue to lag. 

The type of waste coming out of the rural areas includes primarily agricultural waste, animal wastes, and to a small extent community waste, etc. A survey conducted by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS), revealed that rural India generated around 0.3 to 0.4 million metric tons per day of solid waste in 2016. 

It is very important that the Government, in support of NGOs and private organizations, should focus on rural development, and one of the key considerations in rural development is the proper and effective management of solid waste, which is expected to have doubled in the last 4-5 years.

Mr. Rattan Lal Kataria, the Ministry of State at Jal Shakti, on Monday, reviewed the status of the project, over which he stated that “The Ministry of Jalshakti under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) Phase 2 is poised to support over two lakh villages achieve solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) arrangements through an investment of over Rs 40,700 crore in the present FY 2021-22."

SBM(G) Phase 2 will primarily be focusing on villages to attain an Open Defecation Free (ODF) Plus status through sustainability and ensuring that the village has proper SLWM in place. 

The SBM-G Phase 2, expected to be covered between 2021-2022, will see execution through building around,

-       50 lakh Individual Household Latrines

-       1 lakh community toilets

-       Plastic Waste Management Units in over 2,400 blocks of the country

-       'Gobardhan' projects in 386 districts

-        Faecal sludge management arrangements in over 250 districts.

The Ministry, in acceptance of the plans to be implemented in states, stressed the need for every house to have proper access to a toilet. The Ministry highlighted the need for the implementation of twin-pit toilet technology as it is comparatively cheaper, safer, and easy to operate and maintain. 

The Ministry is ultimately focused on bringing into practice low-cost technologies for Solid and liquid waste management in rural areas, which eventually will help create a decentralized waste management system.

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