1,000 villages to be open defecation-free by Jan 26

1,000 villages to be open defecation-free by Jan 26

 Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil on Saturday said that 1,000 villages would be declared open defecation-free on January 26.

Speaking to media persons here, he said the government had planned to construct 10 lakh toilets in the State in this financial year, out of which 5.18 lakh toilets have been constructed by December-end. The minister said the government wanted to make the entire State free of open defecation. By August 15, the number of such villages is targeted to be 10,000.
Regarding the new gram panchayats, Patil said, 439 new Gram Panchayats (GPs) will start functioning in the State in June.
He said the respective deputy commissioners have been instructed to issue the first notification about new GPs on January 19, and to give 10 days time for the public to file their objections and suggestions. After verifying them, the final notification would be issued on February 2, and people will have a month’s time to appeal to the regional commissioner, who would dispose of the appeals by March 10, he added.
He said by March 15, the Election Commission would be given the list of all GPs, for which the elections are expected to be conducted in May.

The gram panchayats would have elected bodies by June 4, Patil added. Thousand hi-tech toilet complexes
Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil said his department has embarked upon a new project of constructing 1,000 hi-tech toilet complexes across the State.

Speaking to media persons in Dharwad, Patil stated that the department has laid emphasis for proper maintenance of these toilets. There were complaints that people had stopped using the community toilets constructed by the government following poor maintenance. But, the hi-tech toilets would be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 20 lakh each and will have a bathroom and dressing room too. This measure has been taken after evaluating the ground reality that women folks in rural areas are deprived of bathrooms too. Com

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