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Andaman and Nicobar Islands become India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh

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  • On September 17, 2022, Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat declared Andaman and Nicobar Islands as India’s first Swachh Sujal Pradesh. Speaking at a function in Port Blair, he handed over the certificate to Lieutenant Governor Admiral DK Joshi. “From today, Andaman and Nicobar Islands will also be known as India’s first “Clean and Sujal Pradesh”.
  • All the villages of the state have been certified as Har Ghar Jal and ODF Plus,” the Minister said in his tweet.
  • Now, all villages of Andaman and Nicobar Island have been certified as Har Ghar Jal and verified as open defecation free – ODF plus. Mr Shekhawat congratulated all the islanders for this major achievement and highlighted people participation to complete this journey.
  • The Union Minister said that after numerous efforts, the sanitation level of the country has widened and ODF status has been achieved before the set target as per Sustainable Development Goals. He further stated that now the focus has been shifted to basics like water, toilets, and sanitation as more than one lakh 10 thousand villages became ODF plus.

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