Kerala to be declared open defecation-free state on November 1

A decision to this effect was taken at the state Cabinet meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, an official statement said.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: August 25, 2016 6:44 pm
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Kerala will be declared as open defecation-free state on its formation day on November 1 with the CPIM-led LDF government planning to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend a function in Thiruvananthapuram. A decision to this effect was taken at the state Cabinet meeting in Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday, an official statement said.

The Cabinet decided to invite Modi, who has launched the Swachh Bharat mission for a Clean India, to attend the state-level function to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, it said.

A total of more than 1.90 lakh toilets are being constructed across the 941 gramma panchayats in the state, including in individual houses, located at critically challenged and hilly terrains, as part of the sanitation programme by the state government.

Suchitwa Mission, the state nodal agency for sanitation, which is implementing the plan said work on 35 per cent of the toilets had already been completed and the state would achieve the new milestone by November. The mission is constituted under the state local self government department with the vision of creating a waste free Kerala with a pollution-free environment, public hygiene and cleanliness.

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First Published on: August 25, 2016 6:39 pm
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    anonymus
    Aug 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm
    was'nt there news from Kerala few days ago about dogs attacking people while going for defecation ?
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      Arun nair
      Aug 25, 2016 at 2:34 pm
      Thats the logo of East INDIA Company
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        Ashish
        Aug 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm
        What about tourist locations?
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          jayaram
          Aug 25, 2016 at 3:12 pm
          By stressing on the issue we can build up more awareness and publicly recognize the need to address the issue. The need has to be recognized and adequate facilities to be extended to the floating potion and casual laborers etc who don’t have a permanent place of work and adequate facilities for such needs. I think it is still too early for the state to declare an open defecation free state. However, such awareness and facilities are essential ingredients in our quest to make the state a place where universal health status and hygiene are achieved!
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            vinod Jain
            Aug 25, 2016 at 2:50 pm
            congratulations sir, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan for making Kerala open defecation-free state
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