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Jairam lauds Bihar sanitation model

In the latest attempt,Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh lauded Bihar for commitment to improve sanitation.

Written by Ruhi Tewari | New Delhi |
October 30, 2013 5:34:44 am

At a time when Nitish Kumar and his party JD(U) are exploring their political options,with Kumar participating in Left convention on Wednesday,the Congress appears to be making all effort to reach out to the Bihar CM.

In the latest attempt,Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh lauded Bihar for commitment to improve sanitation. This comes in the backdrop of growing acrimony between Kumar and the BJP led by its PM candidate Narendra Modi.

Ramesh,who held a review meeting of the convergence between the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (that aims to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas) and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act on Tuesday,said all states should follow Bihar’s example. “I want to make a special mention of Bihar. It has brought about a three way convergence between MGNREGA,Bharat Nirman and Indira Awas Yojana. So far,only 20 per cent of houses constructed under IAY have toilets (at a national level). This year,Bihar has taken a policy decision that no house will be built under IAY without a toilet. I have recommended the Bihar model to all states,” Ramesh said.

The BJP and JD(U) have been at loggerheads ever since the elevation of Modi as BJP’s election campaign chief and their subsequent split. More recently,Modi and Kumar have locked horns with both targeting each other in their speeches. Meanwhile,there has been a gradual warming of ties between the JD(U) and Congress and Ramesh’s praise for the state is yet another sign of the party’s attempt to woo the JD(U).

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