Six months after the district administration launched a campaign to encourage people to build toilets in every household, Panchkula was declared open-defecation free (ODF) Saturday.
The announcement was made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a function held at Indradhanush Auditorium, Sector 5, here on Saturday. Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking water and Sanitation, Narendra Singh Tomar was also present on the occasion.
“Haryana has translated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision into reality by declaring Panchkula and Sirsa ODF districts on his birthday,” said Khattar. There are a total of 5,526 villages in the district in four blocks – Barwala, Raipur Rani, Kalka and Pinjore – where each household has submitted to having a toilet. The campaign was launched on March 5.
Listing other achievements of the government, Khattar said the state had crossed the target of attaining a sex ratio of 914 at birth in August. “The next target is to achieve a sex ratio at birth as 950,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Narendra Singh Tomar said, “The entire country should strive to achieve the desired goal within the stipulated period. Sarpanches and representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions work in maintaining the status of ODF in areas and implement solid and liquid waste management programmes in villages.”
Four panchayats were also awarded with Swaran Jayanti awards by the Union Minister, which included Rehod, Dandlawad which were awarded with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each and Burj Kotian in Morni, which was awarded a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh and Toran in Pinjore was awarded Rs 1.10 lakh.
Development and Panchayat Minister O P Dhankar administered pledge of swachhta (cleanliness) to all the officers and workers present on this occasion and urged them to work consistently in maintaining the status of ODF. He said as many as 2,229 gram panchayats out of 6,205 have already been declared ODF in the state.
A Gaurav Yatra was flagged off to mark the occasion. CM calls on patients The Chief Minister also visited the General Hospital, Sector 6 and distributed fruits to the patients and wished them speedy recovery. He also visited the Ashiana homes in village Abheypur and distributed fruits among the residents.
“It is the Prime Minister’s birthday and fruits are being distributed among patients and the poor people in the entire country. The day is being celebrated as a service to humanity,” he said.