New Delhi: With the current rate of sanitation coverage in Jharkhand, the state will become open defecation free (ODF) by November 15, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti said on Sunday. Jharkhand was carved out of Bihar on November 15, 2000, to create a separate state. She was speaking at the ‘Ganga Gram Swachchhata Sammelan’ at Rajmahal, Jharkhand.
“Ganga Gram” is a concept to transform the banks of the Ganga river there into ideal villages with emphasis on ODF, solid and liquid waste management, water conservation, groundwater recharge, modern crematorium, tree plantation, and organic and medicinal plant agriculture, a government statement said. In this regard, Bharti stressed upon public participation as a key to making the Ganga bank villages ideal “Ganga Grams”. “Participate in solid and liquid waste management activities, do not litter around and pollute water sources, and take care of waste management to promote organic farming,” she said. (IANS)