Feb 29, 2016 03:08 PM IST | Source:

Budget 2016: Govt allots Rs 9000 crore for Swachh Bharat Mission

In his Budget speech in the Parliament today, Arun Jaitley said that an amount of Rs 9000 crore has been allotted for the Swachh Bharat Mission in the Union Budget and the government plans to award villages free from open defecation.

Sidhartha Shukla

The Budget has allocated Rs 9000 crore for the Swachh Bharat Mission and the government plans to award villages free from open defecation

Since coming to power in 2014, the NDA has laid a lot of emphasis on cleanliness and sanitation. So much that Prime Minister was on record saying toilets were more important than temples, and that India should spend less on devotion and more on sanitation.

In the previous Budget Arun Jaitley had allocated Rs 6243.87 crore for the Ministry of drinking water and sanitation and Rs 6379.93 crore to the Ministry of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation.

Government of India had announced a Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) of 0.5 percent on all taxable services effective from 15 November, 2015. The tax revenue from SBC will be credited to the Consolidated Fund of India and will be utilized to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission.

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