To encourage the local bodies towards cleanliness and to ensure their participation in the successful implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Haryana Government is going start a new award scheme: CM 19-05-2015
Chandigarh May 19: With a view to encourage the local bodies towards cleanliness and to ensure their participation in the successful implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the Haryana Government is going start a new award scheme under which, cash awards ranging from Rs five lakh to Rs ten lakh would be given away to those panchayts who would adopt solid and liquid waste management. Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal , who was addressing the second meeting of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan here today said that apart from this, an award of atleast Rs five lakh would be given to those panchayats who make their villages free from open defecation. He said that the State Government has also implemented GRAVIT scheme to ensure the participation of youth in rural development. The concerned gram panchayats could also set up projects of cleanliness under this scheme. Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr N. Chandra Babu Naidu, who is also the Convener of the Sub-Group, Chief Minister of Mizoram Mr Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis, Medical and Health, Ayush and Ayush Education Minister of Uttarakhand Mr Surendra Singh Negi, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister of Karnataka Mr H.K Patil, Environment and Forest Minister Delhi Mr Asim Ahmed Khan and Chief Executive Officer of NITI Ayog Mrs Sindhushree Khullar, Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr O.P Dhankar and a large number of delegates and senior officers of Haryana government were also present in the meeting. Mr Manohar Lal said that during the first meeting of the Sub-Group held at New Delhi on April 30, 2015, he had stressed the need for increasing public participation for the success of this campaign. Apart from this, he said efforts should be made to rope in social organizations and other institutions in this campaign. He said that to imbibe the sense of cleanliness among the children from an early age, we have decided to include cleanliness in the school curriculum. Under this, there would be one period of cleanliness every day. While emphasizing the need for empowering the supply side, he said that though for cleanliness there is no shortage from demand side but there was a need to strengthen the supply side. He suggested that special attention should be paid towards the disposal of toxic waste and building construction waste in view of the rapid industrialization and urbanization. While expressing concern over the lack of market for the sale of manure prepared from bio- degradable waste, the Chief Minister said that today the work of preparing manure from bio- degradable waste is being done at many places but so far we are unable to set up a market for its sale. As a result of this, the projects are usually closed after one or two years of their beginning. There was a need to take some initiatives to make this commercially viable, he added. He suggested that as the rate of re-cycling from waste in our country is quite high, the workers involved in the work should be encouraged and provided with latest techniques to hone up their skills. He said that projects should be set up under the Skill India Programme and skill development of those involved in the re-cycling work should be ensured. He also emphasized the need of providing training to scientists working in Environment Control Boards for keeping a vigil on the loss to be caused to environment from garbage. Cleanliness is not envisaged in the present assignment of Central and State Environment Control Boards, he added. He also advocated for the restructuring of fee for various services like supply of drinking water and solid and liquid waste management in urban and rural areas of the State. He said that this practice should be simplified and separate standards should be set up in urban and rural areas. Those who are not in a position to pay service charges or taxes should be incentivized, he further added. Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr N Chandra Babu Naidu who is also the Convener of the Sub-Group said Waste Management Plants generating power should be given tax rebate so as to encourage them. He said that today he met the Finance Minister and requested him to provide tax relaxation to these plants considering the fact that the income generated from these plants is a notional income. He said that 200 MW of power could be generated from 20,000 metric tonnes of waste. While referring to Andhra Pradesh, he said that the cost per unit of electricity generated from these plants is Rs 8 per unit and after tax exemption this cost would come down to Rs 5 per unit. In China, 210 such plants are operational, he added. He said that we have directed all the Regulatory Boards at State and Centre to use 50 per cent of garbage for power production. Mr Naidu assured that he would make efforts to submit best report to achieve the objective of Swacch Bharat by the year 2019. He directed the NITI Ayog to conduct a workshop in Delhi with best technology providers at National and International level to get to know the best practices available before finalizing the report. Chief Minister Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis suggested creating a framework for the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. He said that waste management techniques should not be forced upon the municipalities. For the successful implementation of these techniques, the Mayors and Councillors would be given training in skill development. Chief Minister of Mizoram Mr Lal Thanhawla said that 80 per cent household in the country have toilets and target of toilets in hundred per cent households during the year 2015-16 has been fixed. For this, a high powered committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary. Mr Lal Thanhawla assured full cooperation of his government in the successful implementation of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister of Karnataka Mr H.K Patil suggested that there should be a provision of bathroom- cum-toilet. He said that if underground drainage facility is not provided, the whole issue would remain unsolved. He said that areas having population of one lakh should have underground drainage. Apart from this, sanitation and cleanliness should be given priority in the National Water Policy, he added. Ayush Education Minister of Uttarakhand Mr Surendra Singh Negi suggested that contribution made for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should also be made tax free on the pattern of Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. Big players of Corporate world should be invited to adopt villages. Environment and Forest Minister Delhi Mr Asim Ahmed Khan said that the government has fixed a target of constructing two lakh toilets and added that special attention would also be made towards their maintenance. He suggested that green area should be increased. Earlier, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Housing ) gave detailed presentation on the steps taken for the implementation of this mission. It was decided that the next meeting of the Sub Group will be held at Bengaluru in the month of June. Haryana Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Director General, Information Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Mr Abhilask Likhi and other senior officers of various departments were also present in the meeting.