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Sikkim cleanest Indian state: Ministry

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New Delhi: Sikkim has been adjudged the cleanest state  in the country  among  26 states  on the condition of sanitation in rural areas  and its four districts have been ranked among top ten districts in the country in sanitations and cleanliness, according to latest report “Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2016 ” released by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation

Sikkim scored the highest ranking of  98.2 per cent on a scale of 100  in the  ranking given on the basis of percentage of households having sanitary toilets  according to the report.

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Sikkim scored 100 percent marks on scale of 100 in the ranking given on the basis of percentage of people using household/ community toilet out of household having toilets .

According to report released by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, all four districts of Sikkim have been ranked among top 10  districts of the country   among all the four sanitation parameters of the survey among shortlisted 75 best performing  districts in rural india  which were evaluated at different level of  cleanliness, hygenie and sanitation under Swachh Survekshan 2016 .

The West Sikkim district, East Sikkim district , South Sikkim district and North Sikkim districts  scored the ranking of  96.4 ,93.7,93.0 and 90.7 pc respectively  on the scale of  100 marks under Swachh Survekshan 2016 ranking among  53 best performing  districts in Plains states  and 22 best performing Districts in North East and Special Category states  in the country selected by the ministr .

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All 6,10,577 inhabitants in Sikkim have latrines with high sanitation and hygiene standards and 100% people of Sikkim are using household /community toilets in the state while 98.2% household are having sanitary toilets and again 98.2% of household are having access to sanitary  toilets and are also using them According to report   released  by ministry of drinking water and sanitation.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling launched the community-led sanitation campaign in 1999 for achieving  full sanitation in 7,096 sq km area of the state, covering both rural and urban areas in all four districts

Sikkim is the only state which  has achieved open defecation free status in the country so far . All the 446 Sikkim villages in four districts and 16 sub divisions  have been declared as open defecation free villages  as per  guidelines of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, said  Chamling and added that  a certificate to this effect was awarded by  Prime Minister  Narendra Modi.

The State Government has constructed a total of 1,05,311 individual household latrines. Provision for toilet has been made mandatory for each household which has been linked to government grants and facilities.

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