From Swachh Shakti 2018 to Ganga Gram Project, the Swachh Bharat Mission has seen a lot of progress in the past few months
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in association with the Government of Uttar Pradesh, organized a Women’s Convention – called Swachh Shakti 2018 – , on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018 at Lucknow. 8000 women sarpanches, 3000 women Swachhagrahis, 2000 mahila samakhyas from Uttar Pradesh and women sarpanches from across the country were invited to recognize their outstanding contribution towards making Swachh Bharat a reality in rural India.
The Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, along with other Ministers and dignitaries most of them women addressed and honoured the women champions on this occasion.
Last year, 6000 women sarpanches from across the country had assembled in Gujarat on the occasion of International Women’s Day under the banner Swachh Shakti 2017. They were directly addressed and honouredby the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
This year, Uttar Pradesh hosted Swachh Shakti 2018 as the largest State in the country, with a massive rural populace. The event was presided over by Uma Bharti, Minister Drinking Water and Sanitation. Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh was the Chief Guest for the occasion. The included special exhibitions, films and other activities dedicated to women’s role in Swachh Bharat Mission. It is expected that Swachh Shakti 2018 will provide momentum to the sanitation coverage in UP where the task is quite large. 37 Swachhata Shakti Raths were flagged off to run and trigger various districts in the state. Meanwhile, across the country, many States held public events to honour Women Swachhata Champions in their States as a part of Swachh Shakti 2018.
The Swachh Bharat Mission, launched on October 2nd, 2014, by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is aimed at achieving a clean and open defecation free (ODF) India. With all-round efforts, 314 districts and 3.23 lakh villages which include 9 States and 2 UTs have been declared ODF and the sanitation coverage has more than doubled from 38.70% to 78.98% since the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched.
Initiatives in Uttarakhand
As a special initiative, Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti, recently launched the Bagori Ganga Gram project, New Swajal Project at Bagori and Gangotri Iconic Place at Dunda village in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Besides creating cleanliness, providing basic amenities to the people of Ganga bank villages, these projects would also generate employment.
ODF village Bagori is one of the 24 pilot Ganga Villages picked up to be transformed into Ganga Grams this year. As a first step to it, the Minister inaugurated solid and liquid waste management scheme of Rs 11.88 lakh at Bagori. She urged the people to join in the mission of making Ganga villages true in complete sense. To give huge momentum to tree plantation in Ganga catchment area, Uma Bharati along with Prakash Pant, Drinking and Sanitation Minister, Uttarakhand, Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, MDWS , local MLA and other central and state government officials participated in tree plantation programme at Dharasu NMCG Nursery. More than 1.5 lac saplings are ready to be planted in Ganga Catchment area in Uttarkashi this year.
The Minister urged people that tree plantation on river bank is also the responsibility of people. She further said that integrated development by engaging communities is in the heart of Ganga Gram Concept.
Uma Bharati also inaugurated new Swajal Project at Bagori with a budget of more than 32 lakh rupees. Swajal is a community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply. Prakash Pant also told that the state is planning to provide water supply to hundreds of villages in Uttarakhand. He also urged people to come forward and adopt this New Swajal Project as it adopted the old Swajal scheme.
Later, Uma Bharti also visited village Sadag, where Swajal scheme is successfully running since 1996.
Gangotri, Swachh Iconic Place
The Union Minister also launched Gangotri as Swachh Iconic Places. ONGC with its CSR fund will help in taking Gangotri to a higher level of swachhta.
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