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Five Garo Hills districts pledge for Clean Meghalaya

sentinelassam.com, 24 April 2014

 

Five districts of Garo hills today pledged to ensure an aggressive approach towards meeting the mandate of Nirmal (Clean) Meghalaya by 2017.

 

The deputy commissioners of the five districts gave presentations at the two day consultative workshop on “Nirmal Meghalaya” highlighting the substantial gains, which have been made to increase improvement in sanitation.

 

The Deputy Commissioner of West Garo Hills, Pravin Bakshi said, “The indigenous innovative knowledge has helped in construction of cost–effective sanitary toilets”.

 

He also laid emphasis on the change in communication behaviour for imparting awareness among the rural masses to achieve the target for Nirmal Meghalaya.

 

The campaign was launched on a mission mode in 2008–09 in Meghalaya and has been on an upward trend.

 

Deputy Commissioner of East Garo Hills, Vijay Mantri spoke at length on the bottlenecks in the implementation of the programme, which include road communication, responsible village level development committee, water accessibility and militancy.

 

“The cost of material for the construction goes up due to bottleneck in communication. The calculation of the ministry is not sufficient in many remote areas”, said Mantri.

 

While the Deputy Commissioner of South Garo Hills, Chinmoy Gotmore said, “We have funds for the programme but have not been able to utilize it to its optimum. We face challenges in terms of remote location, poor connectivity, inaccessible terrain, less working season and labour rate too high”.

 

To achieve the target under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), government has introduced an incentive programme, Nirmal Gram Puraskar (NGP). NGP is awarded to those open defecation free villages, blocks and districts, which have become fully sanitised.

 

Out of over 6000 villages, 2,000 villages in Meghalaya have become “open defecation free” by 2013.


Source:www.sentinelassam.com/meghalaya/story.php