Prime Minister Modi acknowledged and praised the accomplishments of two villages for undertaking initiatives to make themselves free of open defecation
Despite being one of the most backwards districts, Vizianagram in Andhra Pradesh has made tremendous progress in regards to the Swachh Bharat Programme. 10,000 toilets were constructed in only 100 hours between March 10 and 14. This project involved village residents, local leaders, officials, and representatives of NGOs.As a part of this programme, over seventy one gram panchayats were declared open defecation-free villages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged this tremendous achievement in ODF in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ that aired on June 25. The district plans to construct 50,000 household toilets by August 15 and another 50,000 by October 2.
N. Chandrababu Naidu also promised to extend required help to achieve the one lakh goal after being impressed with the panchayat’s initiative. “We are hopeful to achieve the target by replicating the previous plan which involves everyone in the stipulated time-frame,” he said.
Special training programmeswere also executed for the stakeholders, including sarpanches and representatives of NGOs, apart from district officials. Triggering sessions, sensitisation meetings, experience sharing, door-to-door campaign, candle light rallies were also being planned to achieve the target.
Number of ODF cities and towns to increase to 1,418
With the third anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, 1,137 statutory cities and towns from Madhya Pradesh,Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala and Telangana are set to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by October 2 this year.The chances of this being accomplished are based on regular reports being received from States/Urban Territories (UTs).Union Urban Development Secretary,Durga Shanker, announced during a review of Swachh Bharat - with Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Chandigarh to have already announced all the 281 cities and towns under their jurisdiction ODF, a total of 1,418 cities and towns would become ODF by this year in October. These States already account for 39% of the total 4,041 mission cities.
The number of mission cities in Maharashtra is 384, followed by Madhya Pradesh (378), Chhattisgarh (168), Kerala (93), Telangana (73) and Jharkhand (41).Gujarat has already declared all 170 cities and towns ODF while Andhra Pradesh has done the same in 110 cities and towns. Chandigarh is the only UT to have become ODF until now.The six States, which are set to become ODF in urban areas, have a total target of building 22,44,003 Individual Household Targets while Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh have already constructed 9,51,177 such toilets. These nine States/UT account for a total of 31, 95,180 toilets which comes to 49% of the total mission target of construction of 65, 82,451 toilets.
In Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Sikkim, the toilets constructed so far and under construction comes to 100% of mission goal, followed by Uttarakhand-92%, Maharashtra-91%, Puducherry, Chhattisgarh-89%, Tamil Nadu-85%, Telangana-81%, Kerala-77%, Karnataka-74%, Punjab-68%, Andaman and Nicobar Islands-67%, Bihar-63%, Rajasthan-61%, Uttar Pradesh-49%, and Haryana-46%.The concerned officials were also asked to pursue with the States/UTs lagging behind which include Goa, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir and North-Eastern States for speeding up building toilets which are essential to transform the states into ODF
The senior officer also stressed on the need to focus attention on Solid Waste Management projects for ensuring total processing of municipal solid waste by October, 2019. During his monthly radio programme –“Mann Ki Baat” — Prime Minister Modiacknowledged and praised the accomplishments of two villages for undertaking initiatives to make themselves free of open defecation, establishing an example for the rest to follow under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ drive. The mission target is to builda total 65 lakh individual household toilets for the country’s urban areas to be completely ODF, according to the Urban Development Ministry.VizianagaramZillaParishad Chief Executive Officer P.Anitha said many sarpanches were coming forward to achieve the ODF status for their villages.
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