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Greening Sanitation Programme

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Authors: Nitya Jacob & Amandeep Kang, Centre for Science and Environment
New Delhi, February 2013
(This paper was written for UNDP to feed into a process of greening rural development programmes by the
Ministry of Rural Development, GoI)

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  • Currently, India is far off-track in achieving its sanitation targets. Apart from open defecation and lack of sanitation facilities in urban and rural areas; the management of septage has been largely neglected and is not a priority due to the lack of awareness of its heavy contribution to environmental degradation, poor sanitation and ill-effects to health. “Septage” is the waste that accumulates in onsite sanitation systems (OSS e.g.

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