The Uttar Pradesh panchayati raj department secretary Pramanshu, the Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad and Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate BN Singh on Friday held a meeting with corporate firms and public sector undertakings to chalk out a plan to make Gautam Budh Nagar free of open defecation.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district is among 30 selected under a scheme by UP government under centre’s Swachhata (cleanliness) mission.
Officials asked HCL, a top private firm, and public sector firms such as Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), among others, to adopt villages and contribute to making rural areas open-defecation-free. These firms sent their representatives to the meeting.
“The government wants corporate firms and the public sector undertakings to come forward and make rural areas open-defecation-free. Officials told corporate houses and other firms, which want to allocate funds as part of their corporate social responsibilities, to take part in the effort to make villages open-defecation-free,” Pramod Kumar Aggarwal, additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority, said.
Officials said that the interested firms can adopt villages not only in Gautam Budh Nagar district but also in other districts of Uttar Pradesh.
“Many corporate firms are already participating in ODF campaigns across the state. Now the district magistrate and the Noida authority will work in coordination with the corporate firms so that they can do their bit (in preventing open defecation) in the Gautam Budh Nagar district. Many poor families in the rural belt of Gautam Budh Nagar do not have access to toilets. As a result, they have to go to the fields to relieve themselves,” another Noida authority official said.
Settlers in hundreds of slums and those residing in villages across villages in Greater Noida defecate in the open.
“We will take effective steps with support from interested corporate firms. We will encourage them to allot funds for building toilets for poor. We all need to pitch in to make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success,” the official said.