Geneva aid for Sanitation Programme in 3 States: Jharkhand, Assam & Bihar

Ranchi, June 28, 2013: Lending support to the NirmalBharatAbhiyan (NBA), a community-led total sanitation programme initiated by the Government of India, Geneva-based Global Sanitation Fund (GSF), has decided to extend financial help to three states in the country.
Jharkhand is one among the three which includes Assam and Bihar.
Vice president GSF, Anand Shekhar said, "Funds worth Rs 5 million dollar will be spent in three states over a period of five years and we want to leave no gaps in proper implementation of the projects."
The GSF on Thursday organized an interactive session with mediapersons to address the issue of lack of awareness among rural population, which the fund providers believed could solve a lot of problems.
Shekhar said the project founded in 2008 aims at promoting sanitation and use of safe drinking water among rural and poor people across the globe.
Bhupesh Joshi of communicators India, the media agency for GSF programme, gave an analytical presentation of media attention given to issues like sanitation at the state and central level. "Though some of the publications give importance to sanitation, much remains to be done," he said
During the first phase, the programme will be operating in four districts and new blocks in four more districts have been picked up to promote safe sanitation habits. "Some of the villages have already declared themselves open defecation free (ODF) while others are making efforts in that direction," Joshi said
Though the project would be covering eight districts having 41 blocks, 872 gram panchayats and 7993 villages within a period of five years, it will start with the Littipara block in Pakur, Simdega block in Simdega, Kuru block in Lohardaga and Domchanch block in Koderma. (Source: TNN)

28-06-2013 | Posted by Admin