Cleanliness campaign: Eunuchs lend helping hand to bring change

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 17:23 IST

The support of eunuchs in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and ‘School Chalo Abhiyan’ has yielded positive results, the MP government said on Saturday.

Around 200 members of the community have shown interest in cooperating with the state government for stricter and more effective implementation of the campaigns. Each eunuch has been assigned 15 villages to spread the message of cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene.

Panchayats and rural development minister Gopal Bhargava, while elaborating achievements of his departments during the last one year, said: “It (the participation of eunuchs in campaigns) has worked. In some villages where they campaigned, people have stopped defecating in the open.”

The positive aspect is that the community members have decided to campaign free of cost. “They said they were happy to contribute voluntarily for making Madhya Pradesh a clean state,” Bhargava said.

Apart from eunuchs, self-help groups (SHGs) have also been asked to help the state government to build three lakh toilets in the state.

For connecting each and every village with all-weather roads, the ministry has decided that the Rural Road Development Authority (RRDA) would construct roads in villages with a population of 500 and above.

For levels below that, the Rural Engineering Services will build roads under the Chief Minister Gramin Sadak Yojna (CMGSY) which has been constituted on the lines of PMGSY.

Brides to get houses under Kanyadaan Yojana
Minister Gopal Bhargava announced that the government would provide houses with a toilet to brides, who don’t have their own houses, under the Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojana.

The scheme is likely to be launched in February, 2015. The Kanyadaan Yojana was started with the aim to provide financial assistance to the needy for marriage of their daughters/widows/divorcees. The assistance is given only in mass marriages with the condition that the girl must have attained the legal marriageable age. Recently, the assistance amount was raised to Rs 10,000 out of which Rs 9,000 is given for household items.

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