There is nothing to see: Goa wins the last place in the ODF classification

PANAJI: Despite The Massive Push Of The Government Led By Prime Minister Narendra Modi For All States To Open The Defecation, Goa Managed To Raise One, One That The Government Can Not Get Rid Of It. The State Is Not Only One Of The Four In The Country That Has Not Achieved 100% Of The Coverage Of Domestic Toilets In Rural Areas, But Also Has The Lowest Number Of Individual Households In The Country, According To The Latest Data From Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin.

The News Gets Worse. According To The Data Published By The Ministry Of Health And Drinking Water Of The Union, Only 5.87% Of The Villages In Goa Have Been Declared Free Of Defecation (), Once Again The Lowest Coverage In The Whole Country.

Maintaining The Goa Company They Are Odisha, Telangana And West Bengal, But Even They Have Achieved Distance From The Plague Of Goa. Odisha Has Achieved Declared 43.91% Of Its Peoples Free Of Outdoor Defecation, 63.2% Telangana Meets ODF And West Bengal Meets 95.6% ODF.

ODF Is The Completion Of Fecal-oral Transmission, Defined By The Absence Of Visible Feces In The Village And The Use Of Safe Methods By Each Home To Treat The Waste.

The Small Size Of Goa Is A Reason To Worry.

Former Prime Minister, Manohar Parrikar, Assured Legislators During The Monsoon Session Of The Legislative Assembly Of Goa In 2018 That The State Government Was Working" On The Warpath" To Achieve ODF Targets For North And South Goa . He Had Added That The Government Of Goa Would Install 60,000 Bio-toilets At A Cost Of Rs 280 Million Rupees For The State To Be Free Of Defecation.

In The Four Years Since The Modi Government Announced Plans To Make Open Defecation Of India Free By October 2019, Coverage Of Goa Domestic Toilets Increased Marginally From 60% In 2014-15 To 76.2% In The Present. Since Modi Announced The Ambitious Project On October 2, 2014, The Number Of Toilets In Goa Increased By 16% To 28,637, But This Is Attributed To The Organic Growth Of The Toilets.

The Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC, By Its Acronym In English) Had Issued A Request For Proposal For The Provision Of 60,000 Bio-toilets, And The Bio-toilets Were To Be Delivered Within Three Months, Said An Official Who Is A Party Of The Bidding Process. However, The State Government Has Struggled To Obtain Viable Offers From Companies For The Project.

The GWMC Sources Indicate That The Contractors Must Still Be Plastered To Supply And Install Domestic Latrines With Bio-digesters With A Capacity Of 700 Liters.

" The Process Is Activated, The Offers Have Been Received, But Because The Code Is In Place, We Can Not Continue. However, We Will See That It Is Completed In The Greatest Of Brevity," Said GWMC Managing Director Levinson Martins.

What Has Concerned Politicians Is The Relatively Small Size Of Goa Compared With The Other States, Odisha, Telangana And West Bengal, Which Makes The Data Even More Disconcerting.

To Put Things In Perspective, Goa Has 375 Villages Compared With 51,352 In Odisha And 40,783 In West Bengal.

According To The 2011 Census, Odisha Had A Population Of Around 4.2 Million People, While It Is Estimated That West Bengal Has A Population Of 9.1 People. Telangana Has An Estimated Population Of 3.5 Million Inhabitants, While The Population Of Goa Is Of Around 14.6 Lakh.

Regarding The District, North Goa Is A Bit Better With 77.84% Of The Houses Equipped With Bathrooms, While The Number For The South Of Goa Is Of 73.81%.