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Three more districts to be made ODF this year




 After successful implementation of the project in Deogarh district, the State government has set a target to make three more districts in Odisha open defecation free (ODF) this year.

Presiding over the State level high level committee of Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural), Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi urged the Panchayatiraj and Drinking Water Department to make Balasore, Boudh and Jharsuguda districts open defecation free by this year through awareness campaign.

So far 39,24,414 families in the State have been included in the Swachh Bharat Mission and they are using their own toilets, informed Panchayatiraj Secretary Deoranjan Singh and Swachh Bharat Mission Director Roopa Mishra while presenting data on the progress of the programme. 27 lakh more families would soon be included in the programme in FY 2017-18, they added. So far, 70 percent families in 1000 gram panchayats have been given grant for construction of toilets, said Mishra, adding that 1.4 lakh more toilets are required to include all the families in these panchayats. She further said that decision was taken to make these panchayats ODF.

Notably, 5,335 villages and 236 gram panchayats in the State have been declared ODF so far. The meeting further decided to appoint two volunteers in each gram panchayat to convince people on swachhta mission and assist in implementing the project. They would be offered Rs 1500  for each completed toilets, it added.






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