Arunachal Pradesh becomes second ODF state in Northeast
The state of Arunachal Pradesh has become the second state in the Northeast, after Sikkim, to be declared Open Defecation Free.
The feat was deemed completed after three remaining districts in the state - Upper Subansiri, Siang and Changlang - were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on 31 December 2017.
In total, the state has 21 districts and it managed to achieve the feat much before the national deadline of 2 October 2019.
The state government of Nagaland had cut short the ODF target set by the Union Government by one year and 10 months and set it for 31 December 2017.
• The project undertaken under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) was bolstered by the state government’s incentive of Rs 8000 per toilet.
• The state’s incentive was in addition to the support extended by the Centre, which was Rs 12000.
• Both Centre and state together raised the grant for constructing a toilet to Rs 20,000.
The state government launched Swachh Arunachal Mission on 2 October 2017 at Tawang, which envisaged the Swachh Protocol (Cleanliness Protocol) aimed at ensuring sustainability of assets created under SBM (Gramin).