‘Sheds, drinking water, toilet facilities for daily wagers’
Chief minister Raghubar Das asked the deputy commissioners of all the 24 districts here to identify the areas that need shed and other facilities for daily wage labourers, prepare an estimate and send the proposal to the state labour departmentranchi Updated: May 06, 2017 20:46 IST
In the wake of the rising heat and the upcoming monsoon, the state has decided to construct sheds and provide drinking water and toilet facilities to the daily wage labourers who travel to cities from rural areas every day in search of work.
Chief minister Raghubar Das on Friday asked the deputy commissioners of all the 24 districts here to identify the areas that need shed and other facilities for daily wage labourers, prepare an estimate and send the proposal to the state labour department within a week.
“Daily wagers who come from villages to cities every day have to sit on the footpaths under the scorching sun and during rains. We will provide sheds, drinking water and toilet facilities to them,” Das said, while addressing an event on Swaccha Bharat Mission in Ranchi.
According to the state labour department, at least 5 million daily wagers across Jharkhand travel from rural areas to cities in search of work every day.
Das on Friday also announced that the state will provide extra Rs 5000 for construction of toilets for physically handicapped in state. The state government gives Rs 12000 for construction of toilets to backward families in Jharkhand. So, the amount is likely to be Rs17000 for specially-abled people, sources said.
The CM also asked the officials of the drinking water and sanitation department to make all the urban areas open defecation free in Jharkhand by October 2, 2017.
Jharkhand has by now achieved 54% of its toilet construction target. A total of 25 blocks, 711 panchayats and 4,073 villages have been made open defecation free, said Das.
“We have constructed at least 8.20 lakh toilets in the financial year 2016-2017. Anyhow, we have to achieve our 100% target of construction of toilets by 2018,” Das said.
The CM felicitated Ramgarh deputy commissioner Rajeshwari B for making Ramgarh the first open defecation free district in Jharkhand. Das also felicitated the deputy commissioners of Giridh, Lohardaga, Saraikela and Kharsawan for their works towards cleanliness.