New Delhi: Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin was launched on 2nd October 2014 with the goal to make the rural areas of the country Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2nd October 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by providing access to toilets to all the rural households. As it is a demand-driven scheme, specific year-wise targets of the construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) could not be set. More than 10 crore Individual Household Latrines (IHHLs) were constructed under the program and, as a result, all the villages had declared themselves ODF by 2nd October 2019. The States/UTs were however advised to ensure that any left-out household was also covered under the programme to construct IHHL by entering details of such households in the online Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of SBM (G).
According to minister of state, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today, Having achieved the outcome of the ODF, Government has now been implementing Phase II of SBM (G) during the period from 2020-21 to 2024-25 with the focus to sustain the ODF status and to cover all the villages with solid and liquid waste management by 2024-25, i.e. to convert the villages from ODF to ODF Plus. In order to ensure that no one is left behind in having access to toilets, provision for incentive support for construction of IHHLs for new emerging households has been continued under SBM (G) Phase-II.