Under the 'Swachh Bharat Mission', 100 villages of the district are to be made 'open defecation free' (ODF) by October 2 this year.The list includes Adamwl and Budhawar, the villages adopted by Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna and union minister of state Vijay Sampla respectively, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna. To achieve this target, a workshop was organised at the mini secretariat on Wednesday under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner (DC) Anindita Mitra in which officials of the water supply and sanitation department highlighted the risks involved in defecating in the open.
The DC informed that in the first phase, all rural households in the 100 villages selected would be provided sanitary toilets whereas later the scheme would be replicated in other villages. Wherever the space is not available in the houses, sanitary complexes would be constructed at the panchayat lands, she added. She asked heads of various departments to adopt five villages each to meet the deadline. She also urged the officials to involve the panchayats to generate awareness about use of toilets and provide health education to the rural population. "Simply constructing toilets will not serve the purpose. People should be made aware of the benefits of their use," she said.
Water supply and sanitation superintending engineer Subhash Chander Gupta revealed that a special training programme had been organised for the officials concerned from July 4 to July 8. Executive officer Kuldip Singh Saini had been appointed as nodal officer for the project, he informed.