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How swachh is India? Study finds Govt data on Swachh mission is misleading

Swachh Bharat, a multi-billion-dollar programme backed by money from the government and World Bank, has a deadline of October 2019 to declare open defecation free.

Swacch Bharat Abhiyan  |  New Delhi  |  Haryana

Sachin Ravikumar Munsif Vengattil | Reuters  |  KOPPAL/SHIKRAWA 

Every morning around dawn, dozens of people gather by the dusty banks of a stream snaking through Shikrawa village, two hours south of India's capital, New Delhi, to do the same thing: defecate in the open. "There are close to 1,600 houses in Shikrawa. And I know for a fact that some 400 of those don't have toilets," said Khurshid Ahmed, a village council official in Shikrawa, which is located in the northern state of Haryana. Federal government records say Haryana - with its population of more than 25 million - is squeaky clean. The state, along with ...

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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 08:01 IST