Odisha makes substantial progress under Swachh Bharat Mission

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Most of the districts stride ahead to be ODF by October, 2018
Household Toilet Coverage crosses 55%.

Bhubaneswar: May 24:  Odisha has made visible progress in construction of household toilets in rural area under Swachh Bhrat Mission ( SBM) . As of now the household coverage of toilets has crossed 55% from a mere 10% in the October, 2014.  This was known from the review meeting taken by Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi along with Secretary Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Government of India Sri Parameswaran Iyer in secretariat conference hall today wherein the Mission Director Smt Roopa Mishra outlined the issues and collectors from respective districts placed the updates for discussion.

Taking a district wise review of the progress Central Secretary Sri Iyer applauded the focus of the districts in behavioral change of the people in SBM campaign. He said, “Odisha has gathered momentum in the mission campaign and it is right time to push it ahead with more speed.

Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed the Collectors to take personal lead in the Mission involving people from district water and sanitation mission, members from Panchayat bodies, SHGs, anganwadi workers, ASHA karmies and voluntary organizations. Sri Padhi further directed the Collectors that their reports should unambiguously reflect the ground level reality and strict monitoring should be kept place for sustaining the ODF status once it is achieved.

Participating in the discussion, Principal Secretary, Pachnayati Raj Sri Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh said, “sufficient fund provision has been for the Mission. Collectors are being extended all required administrative and technical support. Since ground work has been done, all districts should now be able to achieve the physical target within October, 2018”.

Replying to a media query after the meeting Chief Secretary Sri Padhi said, “we have made substantial progress in comparison to October, 2014 when we started the campaign. As of now 2 districts namely Deogarh and Jharsuguda have been declared ODF. Detail work plan has been grounded to make another 4 districts ODF by end of July. These districts are Balasore, Gajapati, Sambalpur and Subarnapur”. It may be pertinenet here to mention that the present average coverage in these districts is around 74%.  Chief Secretary further said that target has been set to cover 100% of households in the State by end of current year.

Available data show, presently 45,03,128 households ( 55% of the total) in Odisha  have toilets.  Apart from the 6 districts cited above, other 4 districts namely Jagatsignhpur, Rayagada, Kandhamal, and Sundargarh have crossed 60% coverage. Another 15 districts have crossed 50% coverage. Around 3700 villages have reached the level of 100% coverage of household toilets. Presently, the verification is going on and they will be declared ODF within a month. The geo tagging of the toilets have also picked up significantly. Around 73% of the toilets completed so far have been verified and geo-tagged.

Available data show, presently over 14000 Swechhagrahis have been engaged at village level. Along with them around 1 lakh para-government workers are working in the field for promoting safe sanitation practices and use of toilets.  Under the programme,  an incentive of Rs.12,000/- is provided to each household for construction of toilet out of which Rs. 10,000/- is given for construction of the latrine and Rs 2000/- is given for water provisions in the latrine.  The scheme is being funded by both the Central and State Government on 60:40 sharing basis.  Another 37 lakh identified households will be provided the incentive for construction of the toilets.

Principal Secretary Panchayati Raj Sri Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh, Mission Director Roopa Mishra along with senior officers from both the Central and State Government participated in the discussion.

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