SRINAGAR: Day after a survey had Srinagar and Jammu at 152 and 427 places respectively in the list of 476 cleanest cities in India, the J&K government on Monday constituted a high level committee for implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) in the State
The basic objective of the Mission includes elimination of open defecation, eradication of manual scavenging, modern and scientific municipal solid waste management, bringing about effect behavioral change regarding healthy sanitation practices and generating awareness about hygiene and its linkage with public health.
Headed by the chief secretary of the state, the 13-member panel has been tasked to prepare and approve State Sanitation Strategy (SSS) for the State and City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for all the cities covered under SBM (Urban).
According to a government order, it will also finalize the concept note on the urban sanitation situation before submission to the SBM National Mission Directorate, advise the State Mission Director and approve engagement of consultants/specialists or other persons required as per the guidelines under SBM (Urban).
The panel will also prepare plan for additional resources mobilization; prepare plan for fund flow in the short, medium and long term besides monitor outcome and operation and maintenance arrangement of projects sanctioned and completed under the Mission, the order said.
The committee has also been asked to ensure convergence of action for sanitation in the State and bring about inter-department coordination for this purpose as and when required.
It will have to ensure timely audit of funds released and review the “Action Taken Reports” on various audit reports of the mission and other similar reports; review legal issues, if any; and take up any other matters relevant for the efficient implementation of the mission, or matter referred to it by the SBM, National Mission Directorate.
Recently, a survey conducted by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, for the year 2014-15, listed Srinagar, the summer capital of the state at 152nd spot while Jammu found its place at 427, just 49 places ahead Patna, worst performing city under the Swach Bharat Mission (SBM).