Guwahati, April 24, 2012: For implementation of the Total Sanitation Campaign in Assam, National Coordinator of New Delhi’s Sulabh International Social Service, Rupal Roy, met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday.
Roy briefed the Chief Minister as to how this sanitation programme should be carried on in the State. The Total Sanitation Campaign is a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities in rural areas with broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation.
It was decided that the first phase of the campaign would be launched in Upper Assam, in association with the State Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department. Special emphasis will be given on improving sanitation facilities in the char and tea garden areas. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Gogoi has also issued instructions to the PHE Department to come up with a solution to the problem of arsenic and fluoride contamination in drinking water in places like Karbi Anglong, Jorhat and Titabor. A team of the International Water Aid Organization will be visiting the State. They will meet the Chief Minister and suggest ways to deal with the arsenic and fluoride contamination in drinking water. (Source: Sentinel Assam)