Source: News Bharati English06 Feb 2017 11:35:11

Mumbai, February 6: In a bid to boost Swachh Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi Maharashtra will soon join the list of states which are ‘open defecation free’. After Sikkim, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra is on its way to achieve the goal of Swachhta Abhiyan.Swachh Bharat Mission which is led by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Chief Secretary Swadhin Kshatriya said that Maharashtra will be declared Open Defecation Free O0DF by March 2018. The announcement was made through a press release where the Secretary said that the government of Maharashtra is also aiming to develop community toilets including menstrual hygiene, hand washing etc. The Secretary said that Maharashtra has a strong third party verification system for ODF declarations. Multiple cleanliness campaigns such as Clean Offices, Clean GPs, and Clean Schools – are also underway in the State.

The mission to bring cleanliness is backed by the Ministry with full support, assured the Secretary. One such initiatives like ‘Bharat Prerak Initiative’ where a Prerak will be provided at district-level in the State to support SBM(G) activities by the Ministry, in association with the Tata Trusts.

The Secretary made a presentation to Chief Managing Directors of all Western Region PSUs in presence of Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, to encourage them to contribute to the Swachh Bharat Mission. The presentation was well-received, with many PSUs mentioning initiatives currently undertaken by them, including school sanitation, toilets along highways etc. The Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, stressed at the meeting that the PSUs must train their workers and management trainees as sanitation champions and agents of change.

Meanwhile, many more states like Gujarat, Harayana and Uttarkhand will soon join this Swachh Bharat Mission. Efforts to bring the cleanliness in nation are backed-up by many people and the government. Hope the Swachh Mission becomes a great success throughout the country.