JK to be open-defecation free by 2019


Jammu: Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice Abdul Haq and Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga Friday handed-over cheques worth Rs 24 lakh to IHL (Individual Household Latrine) beneficiaries at a function organized by the Rural Development Department (RDD) under the banner of Swachh Bharat Mission at Vijaypur.

DDC Samba, Sheetal Nanda, Director RDD Jammu M L Raina, Additional SP Samba Adil Hamid, SDM Vijaypur Rajnish Gupta and other senior officer of RDD were present on the occasion.

Stressing on creation of durable assets in villages, the Minister directed the officers to formulate plans keeping in view the overall developmental needs of the villages. He urged them to ensure tangible impact of the rural development schemes on the ground.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister for Industries & Commerce said coordinated efforts on part of government agencies, non-governmental organizations and general masses is key to achieving the mission of a “clean India” envisioned by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. “The objective of Swachh Bharat Mission is to improve quality of life by promoting hygiene and eliminating open defecation,” he added.


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