Over 14,000 villages have been declared open defecation free (ODF) so far in Chhattisgarh which has set the target of becoming an ODF state by October, 2018. “Under the Prime Minister’s clean India mission, we have made 14,064 villages of the state open defecation free,” a Panchayat and Rural Development Department official said on Friday. The state has 27 districts and of them five — Dhamtari, Mungeli, Rajnandgaon, Sarguja and Durg — have so far been declared as ODF.
A total 83 development blocks and 7984 gram panchayats of the state has been declared ODF, he said. As many as 26 lakh 10 thousand 225 toilets have been constructed till now in the state, he said. The Centre has set the target under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to declare the entire country as ODF by October 2,2019 but Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh is expecting to achieve the target a year before in 2018 in the state keeping in view the enthusiastic response of the people towards the mission, the official said.
All the concerned departments, including school education, health, women and child development and public health engineering besides panchayat and rural development officials have been asked to work in coordination to scale the target within stipulated time, he said. A public awareness campaign is being held continuously in the villages to encourage the people to built toilets in their houses, he added.