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New Delhi : As the Swachh Bharat Mission approaches the third anniversary of its launch by the PM Narendra Modi, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS)  on August 8, 2017, launched a third party verification survey report to take stock of the progress already made by the Mission in rural India. The Quality Council of India (QCI) has conducted a transparent third-party assessment of the present status of rural sanitation in all States and UTs, called Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017.

Under the Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017, QCI surveyed 1.4 lakh rural households across 4,626 villages and found the overall toilet coverage to be 62.45%. At the time of the survey that is  May-June 2017, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) reported the coverage to be 63.73%. The survey also observed that 91.29% of the people having access to a toilet, use it, according o a PIB release.

The Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017 report was launched at a press conference on August 8 in New Delhi by the Union Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Secretary Parameswaran Iyer.

It was also announced at the press conference that to encourage States and districts to improve their Sanitation coverage and Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), the MDWS will also begin ranking all districts in India based on the data available on the SBM-G IMIS quarterly. The ranking will be done based on parameters of Performance, Sustainability and Transparency, and the first ranking will be announced on October 2, 2017 for the quarter July-September 2017. To instil healthy competition amongst districts, they will also be given awards based on this ranking on a quarterly basis. Over 4.54 crore household toilets have been constructed since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin, according to the PIB release.

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