The State government will declare the coastal district of Udupi "open defecation

The State government will declare the coastal district of Udupi "open defecation

The State government will declare the coastal district of Udupi “open defecation-free” on January 26 next year, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil said on Tuesday.

Speaking at a workshop for legislators here, Patil said the government proposed to bring 10,000 villages under the list by August 15 next year and declare the entire State “open defecation-free” by 2018.

On the occasion, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched booklets on the progress of various schemes of the RDPR department in different Assembly constituencies. These constituency-specific booklets would serve as a ready-reckoner for legislators, Patil said.

Siddaramaiah said the government proposed to usher in reforms in the panchayat raj system in the days to come.

A report submitted by former Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, suggesting various reforms, was under active consideration of the government, he said.

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