The Supreme Court has taken note of one of the minimum criteria that a person must have for contesting panchayat elections in Haryana — a toilet in the house — and asked the state government to fil

Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan recommends Swachh Bharat cess on petrol, diesel and telecom services in this report submitted to the Prime Minister. The group includes Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Shri Manohar Lal, and the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Harish Rawat,Modi.

The State Government has set a target to convert at least one block in each district and 1,040 gram panchayats as open defecation-free under Swachh Bharat Mission during the current fiscal.

Of the total 322 village panchayats in the district, all the houses in 61 villages have individual household latrines.

A total of 22 village panchayats have been declared ‘open defecation-free’ in Erode district during the gram sabha meeting last week.

Common toilets

Government of India (GoI) has recently launched Swachh Bharat Mission-Gramin (SBM-G) campaign and program to accelerate efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage, improve cleanliness and eliminate open defecation in rural India by 2019.

Gujarat high court on Monday ruled that it is the duty of a local authority to ensure proper sanitation so as to avoid problem of diseases like dengue and swine flu.

Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Birender Singh said that the pace of construction of toilets in rural India has gathered momentum and within one year of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, about 95 lakh toilets were constructed across the country against the target of 60 lakh toilets.

Move to make elimination of open defecation a people’s movement

Lauding the people of Darjeeling for their initiative to make the Queen of Hills clean and green, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today announced that 50,000 toilets would be built in th