33 lakh toilets in next two years: Shettar

 
The drive will be taken up in villages under the “Sampoorna Svachatha Andolan” (Total Sanitation Campaign) with the help of NGOs and Stree Shakti Groups, Shettar said while participating in the “Nirmala Gram” award function at Raj Bhavan in Bangalore. It is a national award accorded to gram panchayats for achieving total sanitation. The State government had recommended as many as 500 gram panchayats to the Centre for the award, however, only 245 were short-listed by the Union government, the minister said.

Shettar said he would discuss with the Chief Minister on the possibility of providing State awards to the remaining gram panchayats.

Bangalore rural had the maximum number of gram panchayats in the award list (40), Gulbarga and Raichur drew a blank. Governor H R Bhardwaj was also present at the award distribution ceremony.

Confusion

Meanwhile, confusion marred the awards function. GP members who had arrived at the venue competed against each other to secure a place on the dais.  The police had to intervene to control the situation as Shettar’s attempt to convince them turned futile. Finally, all the gram panchayat members were accommodated on the dais.

The function was jointly organised by the Rural Department and Panchayat Raj Department and the  Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency.

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