TS govt. mulls 30-day action plan for urban areas, too

Inspired by overwhelming success of the programme at village level, says KTR

Buoyed by the response to its 30-day special action plan in improving facilities at the village level, the State government has decided to announce a similar programme for the urban areas.

Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao has said the government has drawn inspiration from the overwhelming success of the 30-day action plan and has decided to implement a similar programme in all urban bodies across the State. Participating in a video conference with District Collectors on Tuesday, he wanted the Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to draw up comprehensive city sanitation plans for the areas under their respective jurisdiction.

These plans should incorporate all works from collection of garbage to its recycling and they should be in line with the guidelines issued under the Swachh Sarvekshan. Steps should be taken to ensure that there were adequate number of sanitation workers as well as vehicles for carrying the garbage collected and special emphasis should be on collection of dry and wet wastes approaching every household.

The officials concerned should take steps to provide uniforms to all sanitation workers in addition to safety equipment while steps should be taken to ensure that the agencies providing the manpower implemented PF, ESI and other facilities for the staff.

The government on its part was actively mulling the idea of providing insurance coverage to sanitation workers on the lines of the provision that had been introduced for Panchayat Raj workers.

The Minister stressed the need for setting up dump yards in all the urban areas and the Collectors concerned should expedite steps to acquire lands for the purpose wherever it was required. In addition, the officials concerned should expedite setting up of dry resource collection centres in all the areas besides taking steps to secure open defecation-free status to the newly incorporated municipalities.

Steps should be taken to ensure that the toilets in petrol bunks and restaurants could be utilised by the people in accordance with the guidelines issued by the government besides ensuring proper upkeep of the public toilets set up in different areas.

Efforts should be made for setting up ‘She toilets’ for exclusive use of women and sign boards should be provided at all places. Officials were directed to prepare comprehensive city sanitation plans covering all the municipal areas and these plans should be submitted to the Municipal Administration department within a week.

The Collectors should take steps to effectively implement the new Municipal Act and ensure that the Green Action Plan as envisaged in the new legislation received 10% of the total budgetary allocation of the respective municipal area.

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