Union government will provide full support to make states ODF: Ms. Uma Bharti

Praises Madhya Pradesh for remarkable progress

Gouvardhan Yojana inaugurated

Bhopal, May 14, 2018 (Abdul Ahad Farhan):  Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ms. Uma Bharti has said that the target has been set to make the entire country open defecation free till October 2, 2019. The Union Government will provide full financial support to the states to achieve this target. She mentioned that a financial assistance of Rs. 3 thousand 180 crore has already been given to Madhya Pradesh state from 2014 till today. Finance commission will be urged to fix separate amount for sanitation, so that future activities after declaring the open defecation free should be undertaken. Ms. Uma Bharti was addressing the State level Swachhta Puraskar Samaroh at Ravindra Bhavan here today. Ms. Uma Bharti stated that plastic is the biggest enemy of sanitation. She urged citizens not to throw any kind of plastic material or polythene on roads, this causes loss to cows. Sanitation begins from self inspiration. Therefore, sarpanchs of gram panchayats, which has become open defecation free, have responsibility to prepare themselves for activities beyond ODF. Union Minister further said that sanitation is a continuous work; one should not wait for government’s initiative to undertake this. Initiate action with the available resources.

She lauded the remarkable progress made by Madhya Pradesh in the sanitation field. Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh will become open defecation free state by October 2, 2018. He mentioned that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has transformed sanitation into a public movement. This has brought changes in the mindset of the people. People have accepted the importance of sanitation. He administered pledge to Swachhgrahis (sanitation workers) to inspire people to use toilets and to take resolution to make Madhya Pradesh clean and healthy state.

Moreover, Mr. Chouhan mentioned that use of plastic is utmost harmful for sanitation. It affects environment dangerously. He administered pledge to the Swachhgrahis to quit plastic usage gradually. Motivate citizens to do so. Mr. Chouhan further said that a special campaign will be conducted in this connection. Deliberating on Asangathit Shramik Kalyan Yojana, Mr. Chouhan urged Swachhgrahis to give their full cooperation in implementation of this scheme.

He informed that every poor will own his/her house under the scheme and will be given patta for residential plot. Free medical treatment will be given.An amount of Rs. 4 lakh in case of accidental death and Rs. 2 lakh in case of natural death will be given. Ms. Uma Bharti and CM Mr. Chouhan inaugurated Gouvardhan Yojana of the Government of India. This scheme has been commenced from the Gram Panchayat Kodsa of Narsinghpur and Gram Panchayat Chiruli of Gwalior.