Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announces rural Bengal Open Defecation Free; next focus solid waste management


West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) Mamata Banerjee on Friday declared rural part of the state as open defecation free (ODF). In a Facebook post, She added that her government’s next focus would be solid waste management.

Around 1.35 crore households in rural Bengal have been covered by the ‘Mission Nirmal Bangla’ – an initiative aimed at making all villages of the Open Defecation Free by October 2.  aimed at making all villages open defecation free (ODF) by October 2.

“I am happy to share with all of you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Govt of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards a cleaner and greener environment and safe living’, she said in a Facebook post

‘1.35 crore households have been covered under this Mission Nirmal Bangla programme. Our next focus would be solid waste management. My best wishes to all’, she added.

As per the Press Bureau of India, Under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), over 5.4 lakh villages and 585 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). 27 States and Union Territories have declared themselves Open Defecation Free (ODF) so far. The Mission is on track to achieve an ODF India by October 2019.

While Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had, this week, declared that Goa will be made Open Defecation Free by August end.

The government is making best efforts to make Goa ODF by August 31,” Sawant told the state legislative assembly as quoted by IANS.



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