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Swacch Bharat Mission: Government allocates Rs 40,700 crore for waste management in 2 lakh villages | India News


NEW DELHI: More than Rs 40.7 billion has been allocated to help more than two Lakh villages achieve Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) under the Swacch Bharat Mission (Grameen), the Jal Shakti ministry said on Tuesday.
While the Center will spend around Rs 14,000 crore, states will spend more than Rs 8,300 crore and the remaining funds will come from other sources, he said.
Jal Shakti’s Minister of State Rattan Lal Kataria had reviewed SWB (G) progress on Monday.
“The Jal Shakti Ministry under Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen Phase 2 (SBM-G) is prepared to help more than two Lakh villages to achieve Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) agreements through an investment of more than Rs 40,700 crore in the current fiscal year 2021-22, “the ministry said.
The SBM-G National Scheme Sanction Committee (NSSC) under the chairmanship of the ministry secretary approved the Annual Implementation Plan (AIP) of the states and territories of the union.
“While the Center’s share would be around Rs 14,000 crore, states will spend more than Rs 8,300 crore. Funds in the amount of Rs 12,730 crore will be available through the Fifteenth Finance Commission and more than Rs 4,100 through the convergence with MGNREGS “, the ministry said.
In addition, states will invest more than Rs 1,500 crore through other sources such as business model, CSR and other schemes.
SBM (G) Phase 2 aims to achieve comprehensive cleanup, also called Open Defecation Free (ODF) Plus status, in the villages by focusing on ODF sustainability and ensuring SLWM arrangements there.
The implementation of Phase 2 of SBM-G in 2021-2022 will see the construction of more than 50 lakh of individual household latrines (IHHL), one-lakh community toilets, plastic waste management units in more than 2,400 blocks of the country, ‘Gobardhan’ projects in 386 districts, faecal sludge management arrangements in more than 250 districts, in addition to specific support for more than two lakh villages in the implementation of SLWM interventions.
In approving the state plans, the ministry secretary stressed the need to ensure that no one is left behind and that all households have access to a bathroom. He emphasized the adoption of double pit toilet technology for IHHL construction as it is relatively safer, inexpensive, and easier to operate and maintain.
The secretary also highlighted the need for low-cost technologies for solid and liquid waste management, as it would help decentralize operation and maintenance.

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