- Arunachal has become the 2nd Open-defecation free state
- The state has come up to the second place after Sikkim
- State government has set Dec 31 as the deadline to achieve this target
Arunachal Pradesh or the land of dawn-lit mountains has created history as it has become the second state of Northeast India that has achieved the Open defecation-free target by the end of 2017 after Sikkim.
State Government has set the final date
The National deadline for the open defecation-free process is set October 2, 2019, by the Government of Indian, but there are some states of the nation that achieved this target much before and one of such state is Arunachal Pradesh.
By making the state open-defecation free before 31st December 2017, the state has created history and has become the second state of Northeast India to achieve this target after Sikkim.
For this, the state government has made many efforts, the government headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu had cut short the ODF target by one year and ten months ahead of the national target and set 31st December 2017 as the final target to achieve ODF in Arunachal Pradesh.
The project was taken under Swachh Bharat Mission(Gramin) and the government of the state extended additional incentive of Rs 8000/- per toilet in addition to state matching share and the support given by Government of India raising the cost to Rs. 20,000/-.
“The herculean task has been possible with the active support of the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Govt. of India, constant monitoring by Minister PHE & WS Bamang Felix, Commissioner PHE, Chief Engineers, Deputy Commissioners, PRI members, NGOs, Youths, target beneficiaries, other stakeholders and the undying spirit of Team of officials of the implementing agency the PHE & WS Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh,” Khandu said while crediting the accomplishment to the people.
It may be recalled that the state Govt. also launched Swachh Arunachal Mission on 2nd October’2017 at Tawang.
“I am personally overwhelmed to find people participating in construction of toilets even in remote villages along the international borders like Vijaynagar, Taksing, Pipsorang, etc. despite communication bottlenecks requiring strenuous trekking for days together carrying construction materials along with ration on headload,” Khandu added while congratulating the people and the department of PHE and WS for achieving the rare feat.
He said that Arunachal Pradesh is all set to see the dawn of change as dreamt by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.