DC rolls out plan to make Kathua open defecation free

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KATHUA: Taking a stride towards making Kathua an open defecation free district, District Development Commissioner Kathua Rohit Khajuria Monday rolled out a plan involving different departments and stakeholders to make it successful during one-day orientation programme on Swachh Bharat Mission (G) at Government College for Women Kathua.
While speaking on the occasion, DDC said that 41% of the total 92,979 households have the provision of toilets and laid thrust on taking the task of making toilets on mission mode by motivating people as district Kathua has shown dismal performance in the state. He said that there is dire need to sensitize people and make them think towards the menace of open defecation and its ill impact on health.
Under the plan, ADC’s and SDM’s are directed to supervise and review the pace time to time. The teams comprising the field staff of Agriculture, ICDS, Rural Development, Health, FSC& CA will visit identified households with no toilets and educate them to avail the scheme of individual household toilets of rural development under Swachh Bharat Mission(g) and get Rs 12000/- as token money. The BDO’s were given monthly targets of their respective panchayats.
“To make the progress accountable, targets will be divided into subcluster, cluster, panchayat and then block-wise through constant monitoring at panchayat, block and tehsil level” DDC added. He also directed XEN PHE to provide water supply to the identified locations having no provision of water.
On the occasion problems and best strategies were discussed to attune the field workers to adopt means to bring an attitudinal change in people. The provision of recognition for best performing teams was also incorporated under the plan.
ADC Kathua Ashok Sharma, ADC Basohli Sanjay Gupta, ADC Billawar Joginder Singh Rai, SDM Bani, BDO’s, and officials of Rural Development, Agriculture, Health, FSC& CA were also present.

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