Emphasizes attitudinal change for achieving Swachh Bharat goal
JAMMU: Emphasizing attitudinal change among all the stakeholders towards “making India a clean and healthy nation”, Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Singh on Saturday called for “decentralized solutions, ensuring sustainability of improved sanitation infrastructure besides services and enforcement”.
Singh was addressing at a one day workshop on “Swachh Survekshan 2018” held under Swachh Bharat Mission, said a statement issued by the information department. “This first Pan-India survey is the largest of its kind in the world envisaging measurement of citizen connect with sanitation outcomes impacting lives of 40 crore people,” he said.
The event was organised by the Directorate of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) in collaboration with Indian Urban Ministry.
Necessitating the significance of ensuring a quality and hygienic environment to the people for a healthy society, Singh said that the government was “according special focus on making the vulnerable areas of the state completely open defecation free”.
“This would be first step towards creating a healthy and hygienic environment for the under privileged segments of the society,” he said in the statement.
Elaborating on the objective of launching Swachh Survekshan, the Deputy CM said that the focus of the programme was on familiarising the participants with the revised cleanliness survey norms and parameters, besides introducing them to the toolkit, explaining the methodology, weightages and new features and thrust areas that helps cities and towns prepare for the field survey over the next six months, released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Terming the survey in Swachh Bharat Mission vital, he said that this “comprehensive survey will assess availability of water connections to toilets, recovery of operational and maintenance costs of community and public toilets and SOLID Waste Management infrastructure through user charges, advertisement revenue, municipal taxes etcetera”.
Referring to measures needed to be initiated in the state on this account, he emphasised the participants to make optimum use of available technology and connected resources to ensure that the Jammu and Kashmir “emerges as one of the cleanest states” in the “Swachh Survekshan -2018.” In this regard, he exhorted upon the need of collective and coordinated efforts of all the stakeholders to make this programme a big success, the statement said.