Maharashtra will be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by March 2018, chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya has conveyed to the Centre.
The secretary was further informed that the government of Maharashtra has a strong third party verification system for ODF declarations in the State, with three levels of verification. The chief secretary said that Maharashtra is not only aiming for ODF achievement, but also aiming to include handwashing, menstrual hygiene, community toilets etc. as part of Swachh Bharat implementation in the State. Multiple cleanliness campaigns – such as Clean Offices, Clean GPs, Clean Schools – are also underway in the State.