240 Panchayat villages to be saturated through MNREGA in Jharkhand

By Abha Manakatala - Tue Oct 06, 11:07 am

DSCN0842The State level Swachh Bharat Mission workshop organized by Departments of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Rurak Development,in league with UNICEF,was held today inside Hotel BNR Chanakya in Ranchi.

District level officials of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) & Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation (DWSD) were oriented on their roles and responsibilities.The aim behind the move was to ensure improved coordination for open defecation free communities through the MNREGA.

In fact,during the workshop,stress was laid on promotion of sustainable toilets through the use of MNREGA funds. This year 240 Gram Panchayats have been identified in the State to be saturated through MGNREGA.

CP Choudhary,Minister DWSD lauded the work done by the Department in Ramgarh and Ranchi districts and urged the NREGA officials to accelerate the implementation in the targeted areas. He announced that Ramgarh will be the first district to be made open defecation free in the State by 2017.

Kumar Premchand, WASH Specialist, UNICEF shared his experiences from the implementation of the programme in Simdega and Ramgarh. He said,sustained efforts are needed to bring about behavior change at all levels.

Jharkhand specific guidelines on Swachha Bharat Mission (Gramin) & MNREGA convergence for better sanitation coverage was released during the workshop.It includes the programmatic objectives; processes; key stake holders; their roles and responsibilities, institutional setup of flagships, effective coordination for better implementation; etc.

The workshop was attended among others by N N Sinha, Principal Secretary Rural Development; . A P Singh, Secretary DWSD; DDCs from all district, Executive Engineers; and NGO partners amongst others.

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