Chandigarh, June 16 – Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal today announced an incentive based scheme for those villages, blocks and districts which would become Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the year 2016 in the state as they would get incentive money ranging between Rs one lakh and Rs 20 lakh for development works.
The Chief Minister was addressing the closing session of State-level workshop on ‘Achieving Swachh Haryana – What Will It Take’ organised jointly by Haryana Development and Panchayats Department, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Water and Sanitation Programme Group of World Bank, here today.
While detailing out the scheme, the Chief Minister said that State government would provide incentive of Rs one lakh to such a village which would become ODF in year 2016. Similarly, Panchayat Samiti would get Rs five lakh in case all villages of a block become ODF. In case a district becomes ODF, the Zila Parishad would get Rs 20 lakh under the scheme. The Chief Minister said that Central government wanted each state to achieve 100 per cent target of ODF by 2019, the year when the country would celebrate 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Haryana has fixed a target to achieve this goal by September 2017.
He said that all should work with a missionary zeal so as to achieve the target. He said that apart from ensuring the construction of toilets, the concerned department must also stress on the need to motivate the people to develop ODF behavior as well as cleanliness in urban and rural areas so as to achieve the desired results in real terms. Emphasizing the need for awareness, he said that this should also be highlighted by way of organizing seminars in schools and other areas and Gram Sabha meetings. In addition, Non-government Organization should also be associated with this drive. Impressed upon the concerted efforts made by the Development and Panchayats department concerned, he hoped that five to seven districts would achieve ODF target by November 1, 2016.
By working on the missionary mode, some more districts would achieve the same by December 31, 2016 and the remaining districts by September 3o, 2017, he hoped. Speaking on this occasion, Chief Secretary, Mr D.S. Dhesi said that with the changing scenario in the state, especially in terms of political leadership and excellent team of officers, he can assure that State would accept the challenge of ODF and certainly achieve the target within the stipulated period. Additional Chief Secretary Development and Panchayats Mrs Navraj Sandhu also spoke on the occasion. Others present on the occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Bakhshish Singh Virk, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr Rajesh Khullar, Joint Secretary Union Ministry of Water and Sanitation Mr Arun Baroka, Dr Kamal Kar from CLTS Foundation and Director Development and Panchayat Department Mr Ashok Kumar Meena.