Bengal to become an ODF state by August 2018
Mission Nirmal Bangla, an internationally awarded scheme for removing the scourge of open defecation from Bengal, is going to reach a major milestone next August when Bengal would become an open defecation-free (ODF) state.
Under the scheme, which is a brainchild of Mamata Banerjee, 67 lakh rural households in Bengal would have been equipped with toilets by August 2018. These facts were stated by State Panchayat and Rural Development Minister, Subrata Mukherjee at a recent workshop on sanitation held at Sector V in Salt Lake, Kolkata.
It may be mentioned that Nadia was the country’s first district to achieve ODF status. The other districts that have become ODF in Bengal are North and South 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur, Hooghly, Purba and Paschim Bardhaman, Cooch Behar, Malda and Howrah.
The minister said that Birbhum, Murshidabad, Paschim Medinipur and Dakshin Dinajpur will achieve the target by the end of December. Further, the districts of Alipurduar, Uttar Dinajpur and Jalpaiguri will be declared ODF by March 2018.