Question raised in Lok Sabha on Sanitation Standard, 09/03/2017

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Sanitation Standard, 09/03/2017. The Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) (SBM-G) entails freedom from open defecation and management of solid and liquid waste. The SBM-G guidelines also provide setting up systems for scientific disposal of waste. Technological options for Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) have been provided to the States. The States may identify socially acceptable and environmentally safe technologies as suitable to them. An Index of Village Swachhta has also been developed. This includes factors like access to safe toilets and also whether there is visible cleanliness around households and public places. This is measured by determining the percentage of households having access to safe toilets, percentage of households having no litter around them, percentage of houses having no stagnant waste water around them and percentage of public places having no litter around them. The public places include schools, anganwadis, hospitals, etc. The Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of SBM (G) enables villages to determine their own Village Swachhta Index in a Gram Sabha and take steps to improve their cleanliness level.