Goa to become Nirmal Rajya by 2014: Sudin
Goa aims to achieve 100% sanitation coverage and 100% open defecation free to become Nirmal Goa by the year 2014, PWD minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar said on Monday.
Briefing the media, Dhavalikar said that to achieve this the government had declared the year 2013 as 'Goa State Year of Sanitation' with a preparatory phase from October 2012 to December 2012. "We have already taken up active awareness campaign at the block level and successfully completed eight blocks out of 12 blocks and I am personally attending the block level awareness campaign,"The objectives of centrally-sponsored Nirmal Gram Puraskar are to promote safe sanitation and clean environment as a way of life in rural India, to encourage Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs) to make the villages open defecation free (ODF) and to adopt solid and liquid waste management (SLWM), etc.
The central government has instituted awards for village panchayats regarding this scheme. Panchayats with population of less than 1,000 will get 1 lakh, with population between 1,000 to 1,999, 2 lakh, with population between 2,000 to 4,999, 4 lakh, with population between 5,000 to 9,999, 8 lakh and population of 10,000 and above, 10 lakh. There is also additional award money for bonus points for households piped water connections. For village panchayats with population of less than 1,000 0.5 lakh, population between 1,000 to 1,999, 1 lakh, population between 2,000 to 4,999, 2 lakh, population between 5,000 to 9,999, 4 lakh and population above 10,000, 5 lakh. [TOI]