J K News Today
JAMMU, MARCH 13:
Prime Minister Narender Modi asked Chief Secretary B B Vyas to make efforts on making all districts en-route to Shri Amarnath Yatra Open Defecation Free .
The districts of Kathua, Jammu, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi , Ramban , Anantnag, Kulgam , Pulwama , Srinagar, and Ganderbal fall en-route to the Yatra .
The yatra will commence on June 28 this year.
He issued these direction while reviewing the progress of the flagship Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – Gramin programme via video conference with the Chief Secretaries of various States.
J&K Chief Secretary, B B Vyas also participated in the video conference and informed the Prime Minister about the efforts taken so far to achieve targets under the Swachh Bharat Mission (G).
Vyas presented the over view of the programme in the state and informed that J&K has achieved 55% coverage of Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHL) and it will be increased upto 60% by April 10, 2018. The state has to cover 6.83 lakh toilets for which a detailed month wise road map has been prepared and targets have been fixed for each district.
He assured the Prime Minister that the fixed targets will be achieved in prescribed time. Further apprizing the PM, B B Vyas said that the district namely Leh, Kargil and Srinagar have attained the Open Defecation Free status on Oct 30, 2017 and Shopian District of Kashmir division has attained the Open Defecation Free status today on March 13, 2018.
B B Vyas also informed that focus is being laid on Capacity Building of masons involved in the programme. He also requested for funds from the centre in this regard.
Addressing the Chief Secretary J&K, Prime Minister asked for covering Jammu province in mission mode before durbar move to Srinagar, summer capital of the state.
PM further said that the state of J&K is a famous for its tourist destinations and sanitation should be the first priority of the state government. He said that people of J&K are much aware so they can be involved positively in bringing change on the ground.
PM said that complete sanitation should be the agenda of the government of J&K state, its employees and people. He also asked all the Chief Secretaries to spread awareness among people with the help of Nataks and to involve school students for the purpose.