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Mamata Declared Nadia As First 'Open Defecation District' In West Bengal

2015-04-30 23:44

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Chief minister Mamata Banerjee speaking at Krishnanagar on Thursday. Picture by PRANAB DEBNATH

Krishnanagar, April 30: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday declared the Nadia district as the first ‘open defecation free’ district – the first ‘Nirmal Jela’ in Bengal. She said that Nadia will be the role model for other districts to accomplish the ‘Nirmal Bangla mission’ and play a pivotal role in sanitation programme across the state.

She has announced this in a programme that marked to celebrate the success of Nadia district held in Krishnanagar which was organized jointly by the state government in association with the UNICEF and World Bank.

Nadia earned the honor as it ensured maximum sanitation – by constructing toilets for all under its flagship programme ‘Sabar Souchagar’, which was launched by the district administration by clubbing funds of three projects Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan , MG NREGA and National Rural Livelihood Mission, which no other district could do.

To mark the landmark achievement, chief minister had earlier announced that every year April 30 will be observed as the ‘Nirmal Bangla Divas” across the state.

On this day students and other people will form human chain and take a vow against open defecation and take part in awareness programmes against open defecation, the chief minister said.

In presence of the secretary of centre’s department of drinking water and sanitation, chief minister said that Nadia become the number one across the country to have constructed highest number of toilets – 3,55,609, since the ‘Swachch Bharat’ programme was launched.

She had drawn a difference with BJP rule state Rajasthan while praising the achievement of three Bengal districts.

“Out of the first four districts which ranked Bengal has three, which include, Nadia as the number one, followed by Hooghly and Burdwan, while Rajasthan’s Bikanir ranked fourth”, she said.

Taar maney amra tin, ora char. Banglai kore dekhiyche, Banglai kore dekhay, what Bengal thinks toda, India thinks tomorrow”, she said.

Suzanne Coates, chief of water, sanitation, hygiene of UNICEF’s India chapter said: “Nadia has done a great job an incredible achievement. Sanitation is an important part of life, it also involves with dignity of a person, and poor sanitation leads to poor public health and largely affects health of children”

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