Tag: ‘Swachh Bharat Mission

Center Directs Punjab To Expedite Work On Its Flagship Schemes

[Chd,Pb]Center Directs Punjab To Expedite Work On Its Flagship “Swachh Bharat Mission”
On Swachh Bharat Mission, State had aimed to declare the state ODF by October 2018.
Punjab was told to fast-track proposals under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana.
Punjab was also told to improve solid waste processing in Amritsar which has been declared as heritage city.
“However, so far only 61 Urban Local Bodies out of 164 have been declared as ODF. The state has agreed to expedite
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri reviewed the progress of the Centre’s flagship schemes —
Swachh Bharat Mission,
Smart Cities Mission,
Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana and
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission — in Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh.
Talking to reporters, Puri said urbanisation posed a formidable challenge.
,Punjab proposed to provide 4.6 lakh new house water connections under AMRUT – Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.
On Smart Cities Mission, it was informed that detailed project report (DPR) of all three cities
Jalandhar and
Ludhiana in Punjab were under preparation.
“Thus 11 projects worth Rs 3,385 crore in Amritsar,
19 projects worth Rs 1,899 crore in Jalandhar and
19 projects worth Rs 1,898 crore are at the DPR stage,”

Tourists Paradise Smallest “Goa” Not open Defecation-Free

Tourists Paradise “Goa” Not open Defecation-Free
Goa is often projected as one of the most favoured destinations for foreign tourists, but none of its districts has been declared open defecation-free (ODF) under the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission launched over three years ago.
Goa recently Contributed Rs 1.9 Crores Towards PMNRF
45th International Film Festival of India was also arranged at Goa
The western coastal state, along with Bihar and Manipur, does not have a single district which has been declared ODF
However, what is striking is that Goa has only two districts while there are 38 districts in Bihar and nine in Manipur.
As one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world, there is an urgent need to meet the challenge in the state.
Parmeswaran Iyer, secretary in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation said at a recently held press briefing.To accelerate the process, Iyer had rushed to Goa to find out the reasons and find a solution to make the state free of open defecation as soon as possible.
“Since the state has just two districts, north Goa and the south Goa, it should have been ODF by now. It is such a small state,”
Officials feel that though Goa is one of the smallest states in the country, the rocky terrain and low water levels make it difficult to have proper water supply. Hence in most rural areas, people are forced to defecate in the open.
According to them, ODF has also become an issue in most of the urbanised areas in Goa, especially at places with ongoing construction, due to uncontrolled and illegal leasing out of premises without toilet facilities to migrant labourers and families.
Official documents regarding Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) on Goa show that SBM coverage is close to 77.84 per cent in North Goa, where as in South Goa it is 73.81 per cent.
Official data shows that overall SBM coverage in the state was 60.59 per cent in 2014, when the mission was launched, the state increased its coverage to 76.22 per cent in 2015-16 fiscal.
But since then, the per cent of coverage has not increased in the state.
The report also shows that though 28,637 toilets were built 2014, with 15.62 per cent households having the facility, but no records of number of new toilets, or ODF panchayats and villages had been notified since then.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had recently told the Centre that by this year Goa will be declared open defecation-free.
As per Union Housing and Urban Affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri “I was told by the Goa CM that the state will be hundred per cent open defecation-free by October 2018. I have no doubt that the state will achieve this goal,” after chairing meetings to review various urban development initiatives in Goa last month.
Other than Goa, Bihar and Manipur, there are other states like Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Puducherry figure low in the ODF list.
Arunachal Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Kerala and Union territories like Chandigarh and Daman and Diu top the list of ODF with close to 100 per cent coverage

Centre’s Flagship Carrier IDF-OI Is a Not-For-Profit Trust:M E A

[New Delhi]Centre’s Flagship Carrier IDF-OI Is a Not-For-Profit Trust:M E A
India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) is a not-for-profit Trust set-up by the Government of India to facilitate philanthropic contributions by Overseas Indians to social and development projects in India. IDF-OI is chaired by External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj yesterday
Presently, IDF-OI is promoting flagship programmes of Government of India- Swachh Bharat Mission and National Mission for Clean Ganga; and projects identified by the State Govts, for funding by Overseas Indians.
Working with State Governments in areas such as sanitation; education; drinking water; women’s empowerment et/c, IDF-OI is offering projects for funding by Overseas Indians. Overseas Indians can contribute as an individual, or a group of individuals or even through their respective Indian Associations.
IDF-OI does not recover any administrative cost from contributions received from Overseas Indians.
At the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2017 the Plenary Session I focused on The Indian Diaspora- Catalyst for Realising India’s Development on 08 January 2017, chaired by Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri M.J Akbar. The session discussed how IDF-OI can effectively enable Overseas Indians to reconnect and contribute to India’s social and development efforts. They expressed interest in working with IDF-OI and highlighted the need for credibility i.e. accountability, efficiency, and transparency in project implementation and fund utilisation.
At the conclusion of the session IDF-OI also received contributions from Overseas Indians

3 UP Cities Including Meerut+Varanasi Are Least Clean For Smart City Selection

[New Delhi]Three Cities Of UP Including Meerut And Varanasi Are Declared Least Clean For Smart City Selection. Venkaiah Naidu
Declared These Results
The least clean cities included Dhanbad,Asansol Itanagar, Patna, Meerut, Raipur, Ghaziabad, Jamshedpur, Varanasi and Kalyan Dombivili.
Mysuru Declared cleanest city of India
Mysuru has been ranked first in terms of cleanliness again after 2014, followed by Chandigarh+Tiruchirappalli + NDMC area of the national capital, according to a QCI survey.
The rankings of the Swachh Survekshan Survey, conducted by Quality Council of India, were announced by Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu
Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimpri-Chindwad (Maharashtra) were also among the top ten clean cities.
The least clean cities included Dhanbad, Asansol Itanagar, Patna, Meerut, Raipur, Ghaziabad, Jamshedpur, Varanasi and Kalyan Dombivili.
As part of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, the survey was commissioned across 73 cities, including 51 cities that have a population of over 10 lakh each and 22 capital cities that do not have that much population.

Carrying Forward Swachhatha Mission Govt Tributes Mahatma Gandhi With 3 Stamps

[New Delhi]Carrying Forward Swachh Bharat Mission Government Tributes Mahatama Gandhi With Commemorative Postage Stamps
The Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad along with the Minister for Urban Development & Parliamentary Affairs Shri Venkaiah Naidu and the Minister for Rural Development Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh released Commemorative Postage stamps on the theme of Swachh Bharat to mark the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi today..
Shri Prasad speaking on the occasion said the Government intends to make cleanliness a part culture of this country under the leadership of Shri Narendra Modi . He pointed out that the design for the stamps were selected through a competition among the children on the theme. Shri Naidu also appreciating the idea said that if the practice of cleanliness catches with our children, it would spread as a mass movement in the country. He hoped that Swachhatha will become a Jan Andholan.
Shri Birender Singh said the release of the stamps on the Martyrdom Day on this subject of cleanliness, which is very close to the heart of the Father of the Nation, is an apt tribute to him.
The Department of Posts, at a function this morning issued a set of these three Commemorative Postage Stamps on the theme of Swachh Bharat.
Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Prime Minister on the 2nd October, 2014 on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This all encompassing Mission covering our surroundings seeks to achieve “Clean India” and aims to provide access to toilets to all households in the country, and making adequate arrangements for Solid and Liquid Waste Management.
Release of a set of three stamps and a miniature sheet on the theme Swachh Bharat is a part of this effort to achieve the vision of Clean and Healthy India.
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The Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu along with the Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh releasing the Postal Stamp on ‘Swachh Bharat’, in Delhi on January 30, 2015.

Urban Development Minister Adopts a Ravaged Fishersmen Village for Rehabilitation

[New Delhi]Central Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu Adopts a Ravaged Village for Rehabilitation.Announces One month Salary And Rs 25 Lakhs From MP Fund
Urban Development Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has adopted ‘ChepalaUppada’ village of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh for rehabilitation and development in the aftermath of recent cyclone ‘Hudhud’ that ravaged north coastal districts of the state.
This fishermen village and the surrounding hamlets were severely affected by the cyclone. Visakhapatnam Steel Plants contributed Rs.5.00 cr whereas Shri Naidu has decided to donate his one month salary besides a contribution of Rs.25.00 lakhs from MPLADS funds for rebuilding of ‘ChepalaUppada’ village and adjoining hamlets. Resources will also be mobilized from other sources like Trusts and NGOs in this regard. Nellore based ‘SwarnaBharati Trust’ offered Rs.10.00 lakhs for rehabilitation of this village.
Over the last two days, Shri Venkaiah Naidu has extensively toured the cyclone affected areas of north coastal Andhra Pradesh for an assessment of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts. He convened a meeting of representatives of over 20 central government departments and agencies at Visakhapatnam and reviewed the measures being taken for restoration of different kinds of services to the public. He also reviewed the progress on the rehabilitation front with Collectors of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts. Shri Naidu also discussed the situation with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Shri N.Chandrababu Naidu.
During his discussions with AP Chief Minister, Shri Venkaiah Naidu suggested that a separate entity may be created for integrated development of Visakhapatnam with representation from the central government for promoting ‘Smart City’ features.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu spoke to Finance Minister Shri ArunJaitely over phone and urged him to direct the concerned for speedy settlement of insurance claims and rescheduling of bank loans of all the cyclone affected. Shri Jaitely assured Shri Naidu that needful would be done.
Expressing concern over soil erosion of beaches of Visakhapatnam, Shri Venkaiah Naidu said, this issue will be taken up with the union environment ministry for taking long term measures. He directed the municipal authority to take necessary awareness generation measures for preventing littering of beaches as part of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission.’ He also participated in the cleaning of beaches along with local people.