Since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) on 2nd October, 2014, 570.69 lakh toilets have been constructed under SBM(G) as on December 22, 2017. Also 29.36 lakh toilets have been constructed under MGNREGA since October 2014. Sanitation coverage, which was 38.67 per cent on October 02, 2014, has increased around 36 percentage points to 74.34 per cent as on December 22, 2017.
According to a Lok Sabha reply by Uma Bharati, Minister of drinking water and sanitation, "260 districts, 2,412 blocks, 1, 28,946 gram panchayats and 2, 96,116 villages have been declared open defecation free (ODF) as on December 22". In addition, six states namely Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat, and two UTs namely Chandigarh and Daman & Diu have also been declared ODF.
Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) is demand driven scheme and in the financial years 2014/15 & 2015/16 amount utilised exceeded the amount of funds being released; however in 2016/17, 95 per cent of the funds released were utilised. In the year 2017/18, Rs 9,582.2 crore has been released and Rs 6,981.9 has been utilised, translating into around 73 per cent utilisations (as on December 22).
States or union territories are allocated funds based on performance and demand and released based on adequate utilisation. A look at some of the states which have been able to utilise around 90 per cent and above of these funds in the last financial year but have put to use less than 40 per cent of these funds in the current financial year, and that too with just 3 months remaining.
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