Fatehgarh Sahib district will be announced as open defecation-free (ODF) by the Union government on July 14, informed deputy commissioner Kamaldeep Singh Sangha, here on Friday.
“We are proud to say that our district will be the first one in Punjab to be open defecation free,” said Sangha here in a press conference.
Toilets have been constructed in 9,000 selected rural households of the 440 villages of the district with a government subsidy of Rs 15,000 each under the Swachh Gramin Mission of central government. Many union ministers, state government and village panchayats of other districts appreciated the toilet-cum-bath model adopted by Fatehgarh Sahib. Moreover, other districts sent their panchayat members to Fatehgarh Sahib for workshops on strategy for public awareness and sensitisation.
“It is a big achievement and the credit goes to team spirit of people, including JEs, XENs, other administrative staff and specially the volunteers and motivators,” said Sangha.
“The motivators handled a bigger task of convincing people to get a toilet instead of defecating in open,” he added.