Bangalore, June 15, 2013: 'Make Karnataka open defecation-free by 2018' Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday expressed disappointment over the poor condition of sanitation in the State and set 2018 as the deadline for the Karnataka government to make state free of open defecation.
Briefing reporters after holding a review meeting of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Department here, he said only five per cent of gram panchayats in the State are open defecation-free. These panchayats are mainly in Dakshina Kannada district.
Thiruvanthapuram, June 15, 2013: Only 35 per cent of the Rs.15.90-crore provided by the Union government for solid and liquid waste management in 14 districts of the State was utilised during the three years ending March 2012.
Lucknow, May 24, 2013: The centre's rural sanitation programme has failed to make strides in UP. Launched in 2012-13, the scheme at the end of the fiscal has more than 90% target unachieved. The state government could achieve only 7% (6.9%) of 'Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan' target till March 2013.
UP was to construct 11.4 lakh (11,44,430) toilets in 5,799 gram panchayats (GPs) of the state. But, till March 2013, it could construct only 79,653 toilets.
Uttarakhand, April 18, 2013: This report presents the main discussions, conclusions and recommendations of the National Workshop on Community-Led Approach in the Context of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan held at the Uttarakhand Academy of Administration, Nainital on April 16 to 18 2013.&
May 20, 2013: Saraswati Prasad (Joint Secretary- Sanitation) in a candid chat on on Doordarshan News stated that although as per the Census 2011 figures only 33% have access to toilets in the country, the Governement of India aims at making the country 'Nirmal' by 2022 through its flagship program Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan. See Video
New Delhi, May 17, 2013: The Government of India has accorded a high priority to the Sanitation Sector. In the 12th Plan an outlay of Rs. 34,377 crores has been provided for rural sanitation as compared to Rs. 6540 crores in the 11th Plan, which is a significantly higher allocation (425% higher than the 11th Plan). The goal is to achieve 100% access to sanitation for all rural households in the Country by 2022 under the NBA.
New Delhi, May 16, 2013: The government on 13 May 2013 approved new guidelines for the Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) Scheme for rural poor.
Dimapur, May 8, 2013: Rally on total sanitation campaign was organised by Suruhuto Town Students’ Union under the sponsorship of WSSO, PHED at Suruhuto town on April 20.
Adhoc Town Council Suruhuto, chairman Shivikhu Shikhu was the special guest of the rally. Er G Mughalu, SDO, PHED Zunheboto division spoke on communitisation, its target and the steps to be initiated in the future.
May 2013: Taking her role as the Brand Ambassador of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), the erstwhile Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC)- the flagship program of the Ministry of Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation- Bollywood actress Vidya Balan features in these series of advertisements for a healthier and cleaner India.