Taking a cue from "Swachh Bharat" programme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also directed the officials to carry out "Lohiya Swachh Bihar Abhiyan" to make the state free from "defecation in open".
Mr Kumar, during a review meeting of Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED), recently directed the officers concerned to carry out "Lohiya Swachh Bihar Abhiyan" sincerely for achieving the goal to make Bihar free from "defecation in open".
The Chief Minister also said that time had come for fresh orientation of schemes for better utilisation of funds meant for construction of toilets and making availability of safe drinking water for the people. He further directed the officers concerned to prepare a plan by January 15 for better utilisation of funds to be spent on them.
Besides, a massive awareness campaign whould also be launched to make people aware for better utilisation of drinking water and shun the bad habit of people.
Earlier, the Bihar chief minister who is also the national president of the ruling party Janata Dal(United) had included construction of drainage and arrangement of safe drinking water through taps into his ambitious Seven Resolves (Saat Nischay) programme. Recently, he had kicked off these programmes while touring the state during his Nishchay Yatraand personally visited the villages where tap water scheme was initiated.
Bihar is among the states where open defecation is rampant and safe drinking water is still scarce. Reports suggested that most of rape incidents in the state happen due to open defecation.
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