No open defecation in seven districts by March 31, CS tells collectors
- Centre urged to provide funds for meeting target
Hyderabad: Seven districts in Telangana State will become free from “open defecation” by March 31 this year, Chief Secretary SP Singh has said. He directed the district collectors to take required measures in this direction by involving people in a big way. Along with Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary in New Delhi, Parameshwaran, SP Singh held a video conference at the Secretariat here.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh instructed the collectors to complete the target of constructing adequate number of individual toilets. As Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is for transforming Telangana into a State that is free from open defecation by October 2, 2018, Singh asked the collectors to monitor the programme regularly. Singh asked the collectors to get donations from voluntary organizations and loans from Stree Nidhi scheme. On pilot basis seven districts will achieve the target by March 31 with active participation of people, he said.
The State Chief Secretary appealed to Parameshwaran to provide necessary funding under Swatchh Bharath Mission to reach the goal of making the State free from open defecation. Of 44,84,446 families in the State only 20,10,803 houses have toilets and the rest of 25,25,230 houses do not. Against 8695 village panchayats, 1387 achieved ODF and Singh appreciated the collectors for progress in works. He also asked them to see that water and sanitation committees and sarpanches are involved in the process by creating awareness among people.
Parameshwaran appreciated that the Telangana Government achieved better results in Swatchh Bharat Mission. He advised other States to replicate and study the Telangana model of solid and liquid waste management. The Central officer instructed the collectors to address field level problems, maintain quality in construction of toilets and ensure that they are used properly and transfer the subsidy amount into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts directly. –NSS