Union Secy, CS review progress of flagship SBM-Gramin programme

GJ REPORT
JAMMU, FEB 14: Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer and Chief Secretary, B B Vyas on Wednesday co-chaired a video-conference with Deputy Commissioners (DCs) here to review progress of flagship scheme Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Gramin programme in Jammu & Kashmir. Director General (Special Project), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India, Akshay Kumar Rout; Secretary PHE Department, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and other senior officers were also present on the occasion whereas Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir participated in the meeting through video-conferencing.
While appreciating progress made by the State in implementation of the SBM Gramin programme, Iyer informed that across the country, sanitation coverage in last three years has doubled from overall 38% to 78% and in J&K, it has reached upto 50% from 23% during same period. He said over 350 districts across the country have been declared ODF including three from J&K viz Leh, Kargil and Srinagar. He said over 4 lakh toilets have been built in the State during last three years including 2.39 Lakh in 2017-18.
Iyer further said that with active support of the State and Central Government in promoting cleanliness and achieving the objective of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), efforts should be made to make and declare the entire State ODF by or before December 2018. He complimented the State for conversion of 94% dysfunctional toilets into functional ones and for 100% conversion of insanitary latrines and coverage of Gram Panchayats (GPs).
Based upon the coverage already achieved, month-wise timelines were drawn for districts to be targeted for ODF by or before December, 2018. The districts of Shopian and Pulwama with over 75% coverage already are expected to be declared ODF by March 2018.
The Chief Secretary directed the DCs to ensure that timelines fixed for their respective districts are adhered to and called upon the districts lagging behind to make a determined push for the purpose. He also stressed on completion of Geo-Tagging of all assets and ODF verification process of villages by District Level Committees constituted for the purpose within the next 45 days.