Modi reviews progress of SBM with Chief Secretaries

JAMMU: Prime Minister NarenderModion Tuesday reviewed the progress of the flagship Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – Gramin programme via video conference with the Chief Secretaries of various states.
J&K Chief Secretary, B B Vyas also participated in the video conference and informed the Prime Minister about the efforts taken so far to achieve targets under the Swachh Bharat Mission (G).
On the occasion, a presentation was made by the Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, ParameswaranIyer regarding status of progress under the programme in the four states including J&K, UP, Odisha and Bihar.
Modi interacted with the Chief Secretaries and enquired about the steps taken so far and the strategy adopted by their governments to declare all the districts in their respective states ODF.
Chief Secretary B B Vyas presented the over view of the programme in the state and informed that J&K has achieved 55% coverage of Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHL) and it will be increased upto 60% by April 10, 2018. The state has to cover 6.83 lakh toilets for which a detailed month wise road map has been prepared and targets have been fixed for each district.
He assured the PMthat the fixed targets will be achieved in prescribed time. Further apprizing the PM, B B Vyas said that the district namely Leh, Kargil and Srinagar have attained the Open Defecation Free status on Oct 30, 2017 and Shopian District of Kashmir division has attained the Open Defecation Free status today on March 13, 2018.
B B Vyas also informed that focus is being laid on Capacity Building of masons involved in the programme. He also requested for funds from the centre in this regard.
Addressing the Chief Secretary J&K, Modi asked for covering Jammu province in mission mode before durbar move to Srinagar, summer capital of the state.
PM further said that the state of J&K is a famous for its tourist destinations and sanitation should be the first priority of the state government. He said that people of J&K are much aware so they can be involved positively in bringing change on the ground.
Modi also asked Chief Secretary to make efforts on making all districts en-route to AmarnathYatra ODF.
Chief Secretary informed the PM that Srinagar district has already been declared ODF and efforts are underway in other districts. He also requested for funding to construct more community toilets at important religious places in the state.
PM said that complete sanitation should be the agenda of the government of J&K state, its employees and people. He also asked all the Chief Secretaries to spread awareness among people with the help of Nataks and to involve school students for the purpose.
Chief Secretary B B Vyas assured the PM that all the districts of the state would be declared ODF by December 2018 and all necessary efforts would be taken to achieve the desired results under the programme.