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People explained about Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

The Hindu, 26 February 2014


MADURAI: Officials and representatives working with ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’ scheme distributed pamphlets to people and explained the scheme to them on the Collectorate premises here on Monday.


The scheme, which is a community-led programme for improving rural sanitation, is supported by the Central and State governments and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).


“Over 5,000 toilets are being constructed in the district under the scheme. We have planned to engage 650 volunteers as ‘Sanitation messengers’ to visit 420 panchayats and publicise the scheme,” said Bharathi Raja, Madurai district coordinator for the scheme.


An awareness programme on the scheme was being carried out at various public places in the district to educate people on the ill-effects of open defecation and the importance of safe and hygienic sanitation, he added.


“We have been setting up stalls and targeting areas with a mass public movement to reach the people. While the Central government offers a subsidy of Rs.3,200, the State government offers Rs.2,500 and the people are expected to contribute only Rs.900 for the construction of a toilet,” said N. Kirshnaveni, scheme coordinator for west union in the district.


The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) too included construction works related to Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan scheme.


“The people who engage in the construction works will be paid Rs.4,500,” Ms.Krishnaveni added.


It is a programme for improving rural sanitation