Finance MInister Nirmala Sitharaman
Finance MInister Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: The government's ambitious Swachh Bharat Scheme will be expanded to undertake sustainable solid waste management in every village, Finance MInister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her Budget speech.

Presenting the Budget in Lok Sabha, Sitharaman said, "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has touched the very conscience of the nation besides bringing enormous health and environmental benefits."She said that this scheme, initiated in 2014, has achieved a resounding success as 9.6 crore toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014.

She said that more than 5.6 lakh villages have become Open Defecation Free (ODF). "We have to build on this success. We must not only sustain the behavioural change seen in people but also harness the latest technologies available to transform waste into energy."

"I now propose to expand the Swachh Bharat Mission to undertake sustainable solid waste management in every village," she added.

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