The Central Government’s Swachh Bharat Mission aims at making India open defecation-free (ODF) by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Steering ahead to achieve this, the state of Andhra Pradesh is a frontrunner, eyeing to become completely ODF by the end of March 2018.
At the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme organised in the state to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced this target. In pursuance of the same, he has given fresh targets to officials, directing them to complete construction of at least 4 lakh individual sanitary toilets every month.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was the chief guest at the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme. Addressing the occasion, he said that the State Government in Andhra Pradesh is working proactively towards achieving a complete ODF status by March 31, 2018.
Talking about the milestones set by the state, the Chief Minister said that by building 4 lakh toilets a month, they will easily achieve the target of 22 lakh toilets in 6 months, to make the state ODF. Three districts in the state have been declared ODF districts, thus far. He specified that a total of 8,381 villages in the state have become open defecation-free.
These achievements are a result of the collective effort of the sarpanches, government staff and most importantly, the local villagers themselves. The state continues to drive construction of toilets progressively, in its mission to eradicate the hazardous practice of open defecation.
Targets Steady And Fast
In a pursuit to have Andhra Pradesh declared an open defecation-free state, Chief Minister Naidu has set a new target of building 4 lakh toilets per month. The objective is in line with the State Government’s yet to be completed construction of 22 lakh toilets, within the next six months.
The Chief Minister had a meeting with the officials, specifying that three districts – West Godavari, Krishna, and Nellore have achieved the ODF status. In the next two months, three more districts – Prakasam, Chittoor and Anantapur, will obtain the ODF tag.
He has directed officials that an average of 95,704 toilets need to be constructed every week, to meet the monthly target. Consequently, this will help the state in completely overcoming open defecation in six months’ time.
While discussing with the officials, CM Naidu has also stated that he would take up the responsibility of mobilising funds, towards the uninterrupted construction of toilets. He wanted officials to be readily prepared to have the work completed within the stipulated time.
The Chief Minister has further made it clear that the government will be harsh against corruption. He was particular about no compromise on the quality, in getting the works completed.
Open defecation is an ill practice and toilets are a basic right. They are also symbolic of a woman’s dignity. The CM is certain that the people are determined in their actions and goals. He has affirmed that the state’s mission of becoming open defecation-free in six months and setting an example for the rest of the country, will be accomplished.
Source: Indian Express