The mission aims to ensure that all rural families have access to toilets. The incentive amount provided under SBM (G) to the beneficiary shall be uptoRs. 12000 for construction of one unit of IHHL and the central and state share of this incentive shall be Rs. 9000 and Rs.3000 respectively. Freedom from open defecation has been proven to lead to significant health benefits in terms of incidences of water-borne diseases, especially in children, and provide safety and dignity for all, especially women and senior citizens.
The State of Kerala became the third State overall and the largest State so far to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin). The declaration was formally made by the Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram on November 01, 2016. With this, all 14 districts, 152 blocks, 940 Gram Panchayats and 2117 villages of the State have been declared free from open defecation. Kerala, with a rural population of approximately 3.5 crores, is also the largest State so far to have achieved the ODF Status, after Sikkim (6 lakhs) and Himachal Pradesh (70 lakhs).
174720 toilets have been constructed in rural Kerala including critical areas like remote Tribal hamlets and water-logged areas. The initiative of the state government through an effective campaign for short span of 6 months resulted in this historic achievement.Despite the delay in receipt of central share funds, the state could encourage the local bodies to mobilise funds through CSR and other means to complete the project in critical areas enabling this milestone achievement.