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Taking cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has directed his collectors to begin implementing some of the key provisions of the speech and develop ten “Adarsh Villages” in each block. The decision, if implemented properly, could tackle a major problem of hygiene affecting the state.
During a video conference with collectors and divisional commissioners on Saturday, he said: “As desired by the prime minister, Chhattisgarh will give top priority to total hygiene, clean drinking water and health.” He also asked the officials to develop ten “Adarsh Villages” in each of the 146 blocks in the state.
These 1460 villages will serve as models in terms of hygiene, drinking water and primary education. Chhattisgarh lags considerably behind in terms of toilets for both public and in schools. While over 30 per cent population does not have access to toilets, a CAG report tabled in the assembly last month noted that as many as 53 per cent government hostels did not have a bathroom and 29 per cent did not have a toilet.
Since 50 per cent of the hostels did not have an “overhead tank”, “students were forced to defecate in open or near ponds”, the report said.