SrinagarThe State Government on Thursday declared three districts of the state Open Defecation Free under the Centre's Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). This is the first biggest milestone achieved by the state government under the scheme.
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Abdul Haq declared the Srinagar, Leh and Kargil as Open Defecation Free Districts after the DCs of Respective Districts presented Declaration Certificates to the Minister in a function organized at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre.
While congratulating the people of these three districts and the officials for working tirelessly to achieve the target, Minister said its because of the dedication of the people and the officials alike that helped to achieve the goal.
He said the Swach Bharat Mission has truly become the peoples movement as the government officials, NGOs, Private and Public Institutions, General Public has worked together to achieve the first milestone in the mission.
Congratulating the residents of Srinagar, Leh and KArgil, Abdul Haq said he was happy to declare these districts ODF and stressed on the need to become part of the peoples movement so that the goal of making whole state Open Defecation Free well before the set target of 2nd October, 2019.
Abdul Haq said the State Government officials worked in tough times despite severe challenges and hostile environment. He said by walking extra mile in helping to achieve the target the officials have set a trend to achieve goals despite hardships.
He said the three districts have set a challenge for other districts and hoped that the officials and the people of other districts will accept the challenge and will work with dedication to make their respective district Open Defecation Free.
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