After Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh Achieves Open Defecation Free Status

Himachal Pradesh has successfully achieved a total rural sanitation coverage of 100 per cent.

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh became Open Defecation Free, the second state in the country to achieve the feat after Sikkim.

Himachal Pradesh has successfully achieved a total rural sanitation coverage of 100 per cent, with all 12 districts in the state declared and verified as Open Defecation Free, according to an official statement.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh made the declaration at a public event on Friday, where Union Health Minister J P Nadda and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar were also

“The hill state of Himachal has become the first large state to become completely Open-defecation free”, the Chief Minister said.

He congratulated the people of the state for supplementing the efforts of the government to achieve ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and said that “such feat was not possible without the support of the people”.

Mr Tomar said, the state achieved Open-defecation free status, thanks to people of Himachal Pradesh who made it a public movement and “I am confident would be able to sustain it in the future as well.”

Union Health Minister Nadda congratulated the state for achieving the rare feat six months ahead of the target.

Appreciating the massive drive and campaign launched by the state government, he said that the Centre would be sharing the experiences of the Himachal government and the sustainable mechanism adopted by them.

He also wished to launch a joint programme with the state to mitigate water borne diseases in near future.

The Chief Minister added that the state would be very happy to share lessons that they have learnt in this journey with other states to help realise the vision of a Swachh Bharat.


  1. This is not true. There are plenty of people in my village and near by places who doesn’t own a toilet and defecate at open places(near bamboos or fields). Pradhan and secretary didn’t remove the basic amenities provided to them even they are aware of the situation.

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