Union Govt will provide full support to make states ODF: Uma Bharti

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 May 2018 09:28:07


Staff Reporter,

Madhya Pradesh to become ODF by October 2: CM

Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti has said that the target has been set to make the entire country open defecation free (ODF) 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 3,18,00,000 crore has already been given to Madhya Pradesh 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.
Uma Bharti was addressing the State-level Swachhta Puraskar Samaroh at Ravindra Bhavan here on Saturday.

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.