Chandigarh, September 23 – Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal said that State Government has set a target to construct personal toilets in all the houses of the State by October, 2019. So far, about 86 percent of the target has been achieved, he added.
Mr. Manohar Lal was speaking during the fourth meeting of Sub-Group of Chief Ministers Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Niti Aayog) held in New Delhi today. The Chief Minister put forth various suggestions regarding Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in this meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Convener of the Sub-Group of Chief Ministers Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Mr Chandra Babu Naidu.
Considering the decision of Haryana Government to make construction of toilets in their homes a mandatory condition for the candidates of Panchayati Raj Institute elections as a significant step towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, it was recommended to implement this decision in other States as well. This was the fourth and last meeting of Niti Aayog and within 10 days, the report of the meeting would be sent to the Union Government along with the Sub-Group’s recommendations.
Mr. Manohar Lal said that after detailed discussion in all the four meetings of the Sub-Groups, a unanimous recommendation has been made to provide a grant of Rs 15,000 each to the BPL families for the construction of toilets and to give awards from village to state levels for Swachhta Abhiyan. The Chief Minister also put forth the suggestion to create awareness against defecation in open areas through private television channels, FM radio and community radio. Mr Manohar Lal also recommended to make cleanliness an important part of initial training programme for employees and officers at all levels of all departments.
Those present in the meeting include Chief Minister of Uttrakhand, Mr. Harish Rawat, Chief Minister of Mizoram, Mr. Lal Thanhawal, Chief Minister of Karnataka, Mr. Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis and CEO of Niti Aayog, Sindhushree Khullar.