Districts On ODF Mode

 After successful implementation of the project in Deogarh district, the State Government has set a target make three more districts in Odisha open defecation free (ODF) this year.

Presiding over the State level high level committee of Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural), Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi urged the Department of Panchayatiraj and Drinking Water to make Balasore, Boudh and Jharsuguda districts open defecation free by this year through awareness campaign.
So far 39,24,414 families in the State have been included in the Swachh Bharat Mission and they are using their own toilets, informed Panchayatiraj Secretary Deoranjan Singh and Swachh Bharat Missio Director Roopa Mishra while presenting data on the progress of the programme.

Further, 27 lakh more families would be included in the programme in FY 2017-18, they added.

So far, 70 percent families in 1000 gram panchayats have been given grant for construction of toilets, said Ms.Mishra.
Director Ms.Mishra that 1.4 lakh more toilets are required to include all the families in these panchayats.

She further said that decision was taken to make these panchayats ODF.
Notably, 5,335 villages and 236 gram panchayats in the State have been declared ODF so far.

The meeting further decided to appoint two volunteers in each gram panchayat to convince people on swachhta mission and assist in implementing the project.

They would be offered Rs 1500  for each completed toilets, it added.
Among others, Housing and Urban Development Secretary G Mathivathanan, Planning & Coordination department Special Secretary DK Jena, State Polluition Control Board Member Secretary Debidutt Biswal and senior officials of concerned departments were present in the meeting.

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