Rs. 8.9 crores released for sanitation programme in Chikmagalur

Rs. 1.72 crore to take up works under first stage in villages, schools


CHIKMAGALUR: The Executive Officer of the Chikmagalur Taluk Panchayat, B. Annayyappa, said here on Tuesday that the Centre has released Rs. 8.9 crores to implement the Total Sanitary Campaign in Chikmagalur district.

Addressing officials and presspersons in the taluk panchayat meeting hall, Mr. Annayyappa said Rs. 1.72 crore has been released for taking up works in the first stage. He said the target is to make sanitation compulsory in all villages, schools and anganwadi centres.

He said 80 gram panchayats comprising 226 villages in the district have been selected in the first year of the four-year campaign. Active participation of gram panchayats is essential for the successful implementation of the scheme, he added.

Doctors to be involved

Stating that the scheme will be promoted aggressively, Mr. Annayyappa said doctors will be involved to educate people about the importance of maintaining hygiene. Resource persons and voluntary organisations will also be involved in the campaign, he added.

He said Rs. 4.07 crores will be spent on constructing toilets in 936 schools and 739 anganwadi centres. The contribution of the people has been fixed at Rs. 4,000 for each school and Rs. 2,000 for an anganwadi centre.

Mr. Annayyappa said personnel will be deputed from the Health, Education and Women and Child Welfare departments for the implementation of the scheme. An office will be opened in the engineering wing of the zilla panchayat and four consultants will be appointed shortly.

A district resource team and committees at the taluk and village levels will be formed to supervise the campaign. He said nirmiti kendras have been entrusted with the task of constructing the toilets. Pointing out that constructing toilets without providing water is not going to serve any purpose, Mr. Annayyappa said gram panchayats will bear the responsibility of supplying water.

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