SBM since its launch has got a lot of political support. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) in its full capacity is trying to achieve the goal of making entire India OD free. There are currently 687 districts in India and MDWS has adopted the strategy of phasing districts till 2019. Till date only 16 districts have become OD free. To make all the remaining 661 districts OD free by 2019 is a herculean task.
At India Sanitation Coalition, a key exercise is to garner experiences of various stakeholders to create a solution driven approach. From the lessons learned, I feel that a shift of focus from a district to a gram panchayat level would be a fruitful approach. This would help in creating a manageable administrative unit. Further, in order to make the entire nation ODF by 2019, it is imperative that we work with community-level leaders. Thus, as we move forward, we must re-think our strategy, outlook and perspective around SBM.