Panchkula Rural Area will be Open Defacation Free by 15th April- Brar.
Panchkula, 4 March
Panchkula Rural Area will be Open Defacation Free by 15th April. This was stated by Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mandeep Singh Brar during Press Conference conducted at Mini Secretariat, here today.
He said to make Panchkula district rural area Open Defacation Free, a five days workshop was conducted in Mansa Devi Temple Satsang Bhawan in which 101 motivators have been selected. The selected motivators were taught about 100 types of psychological tools to prevent people to do defecation in open. To ensure participation of community as whole school principals, teachers, students, aanganwari workers of the villages were also trained about the bad effects of Open Defecation.
Deputy Commissioner further said that initially 10 gram panchayats out of 128 have been selected to aware the villagers. The 10 gram panchayats have shown good respone and now it will be further initiated in rest of the village panchayats.
He said that government is providing subsidy and other relaxations to make toilets in villages but even after providing subsidy and relaxations the results are not up to mark. The reason behind is that people are aware that it is not good to go for Open Defecation. But to realise them that by doing this they themselves are making environment unhealthy. To teach them about the ill effects, the psychological tools have been used rather them pressuring them not to do.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Hema Sharma said that 128gram panchayats have been divided into 19 clusters. The two villages named Dudgarh and Rattewali has taken pledge to make these villages Open Defecation Free by 31st March.
Feedback Foundation, Government of India, CEO Ajay Sinha said that 2011 census reports show that 80 percent of toilets have been constructed in the country and simultaneously other fact is also there that 70 percent of people still go for Open Defecation. The Foundation realises that there is need to use the mindset of the people rather than constructing toilets only. With zero budget they have succeed in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh and Bikaner of Rajasthan by making them 100 percent Open Defecation free. They will achieve the same target in Panchkula district in 45 days.
Puran Singh Yadav, State Project Director,Rural Development Institute Neelokheri, Parveen Verma, Consultant Clean India Mission,Karnal were also present.