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World Bank Approves US$1.5 Billion for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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The World Bank has approved a US$1.5 billion loan for the Swachh Bharat Mission  to support the Government of India.

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This is an effort to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation – such as a toilet or latrine with a focus on changing behaviors – in ending the practice of open defecation by 2019. The project will also finance specific activities to strengthen the current monitoring and evaluation system to capture timely, relevant, and reliable information on the program’s progress.

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Today, of the 2.4 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation globally, more than 750 million live in India, with 80 percent living in rural areas.