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.


২০১৮র আগস্ট মাসের আগেই নির্মল হবে বাংলা

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের অনুপ্রেরণায় রাজ্যের পঞ্চায়েত ও গ্রামোন্নয়ন দপ্তর ২০১৩ সালে শুরু করেছিল মিশন নির্মল বাংলা। আন্তর্জাতিক স্বীকৃতি প্রাপ্ত এই প্রকল্প পৌঁছাবে তার শিখরে ২০১৮ সালের আগস্ট মাসে।

পঞ্চায়েত ও গ্রামোন্নয়ন মন্ত্রী জানিয়েছেন আগামী বছরের মধ্যেই নির্মল হবে বাংলা। এই প্রকল্পর লক্ষ্য ছিল ২০১৮র মধ্যে ৬৭লক্ষ গ্রামীণ পরিবারের জন্য শৌচাগার নির্মাণ করা।

প্রসঙ্গত, নদীয়া জেলাকে দেশের প্রথম নির্মল জেলা ঘোষণা করা হয়েছিল ২০১৫ সালে। বাকি যে সকল জেলা ‘নির্মল জেলা’ হয়েছে, সেগুলি হল: উত্তর ২৪ পরগনা, দক্ষিণ ২৪ পরগনা, পূর্ব মেদিনীপুর, পূর্ব বর্ধমান, পশ্চিম বর্ধমান, হুগলী, কোচবিহার, মালদা ও হাওড়া।

মন্ত্রী বলেন, ডিসেম্বর মাসে বীরভূম, মুর্শিদাবাদ, পশ্চিম মেদিনীপুর, দক্ষিণ দিনাজপুরকেও ‘নির্মল জেলা’ ঘোষণা করা হবে। এরপর আলিপুদুয়ার, উত্তর দিনাজপুর, জলপাইগুড়ি জেলা নির্মল জেলা হিসেবে ঘোষিত হবে ২০১৮ সালের মার্চ মাসে।



Nadia only district from India to be awarded the United Nations Public Service Awards

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee announced on social media that the district of Nadia is the only district in the country to be awarded the the prestigious United Nations Public Service Awards this year for excellence in delivery of public services for “Sabar Souchagar” under Mission Nirmal Bangla.

The West Bengal Chief Minister on social media wrote:

“Nadia is the only district from India to have been awarded the prestigious United Nations Public Service Awards this year for excellence in delivery of public services for “Sabar Souchagar” under Mission Nirmal Bangla.

This is the highest global recognition in public service delivery.

In a programme at Columbia, South America, Dr P B Salim, District Magistrate, Nadia and Shri Bani Kumar Roy, Sabhadhipati, Nadia Zilla Parishad received the coveted award and citation from Acting Secretary General of the United Nations on 26th June, 2015.

I am proud of my entire Nadia team for this outstanding achievement. My best wishes to all of them.”

Derek O’Brien makes a Special Mention on the achievements of West Bengal’s sanitation programme | Full Transcript

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Nadia district of West Bengal has become the first in India to have modern toilets in every household. This remarkable feat in sanitation, called ‘SobarSouchagar’or ‘Toilets For All’,has made Nadia a ‘NirmalZilla’. International recognition has also come.

The project has been shortlisted for the prestigious UN Public Services Award, 2015. Loughborough University, UK has selected the project as an inspiring model for eliminating open defecation, and it is to be presented at the WEDC International Conference in July.

Open defecation is a major problem in India. The State of West Bengal has taken a commendable lead in tackling this issue. To change this social behaviour, the administration started a practice of oath-taking by children in schools that they will ensure total sanitation in their houses. This has proved to be the biggest game-changer as children went home and forced their parents also to use toilets. Besides, religious leadershave also done their part in spreading the message of safe sanitary habits during gatherings.

Other districts, like Hooghly, North 24-Parganas and Bardhaman, are also well on their way to achieving a 100% open defecation-free status. Funds from Central schemes like National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and National Rural Livelihood Mission are being used for the purpose.This kind of district-level sanitation programme is the need of the hour; the State of West Bengal has shown the way to success, and now it’s for the others to implement similar schemes to remove the scourge of open defecation.

Nadia shows the way for Clean India: WB CM

While the Centre’s much-publicised Swachh Bharat Abhiyan hasn’t yet hit top gear across the country, a district in Bengal has stolen a silent march in becoming the country’s first to be declared open defecation-free.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today made a formal announcement of Nadia becoming the first Indian district to earn Open Defecation Free (ODF) status. Hooghly and Bardhaman are placed on second and third rank respectively.

Nirmal Bangla Divas

One lakh school students today took the Nirmal Bangla Pledge (see video here) along with the CM at Krishnanagar, Nadia. Representatives from UNICEF and World Bank were present on the occasion.

To celebrate the success of the efforts in Nadia, 30 April will be observed as Nirmal Bangla Divas across the state every year, announced CM.

WB CM thanked people from all sections of the society for making Nadia the first open-defecation free district in India. “The district of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Dwijendra Lal Roy has again led the way in social awakening,” she said.

Nirmal Bangla Mission

As part of the Nirmal Bangla (Clean Bengal) Mission, as many as 3.47 lakh toilets were set up across Nadia. These were constructed not just in the interiors of Nadia, but also in the urban centres and townships. By March 2015, all households in the district had access to toilets.

It is estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation and nearly half of them still defecate in the open.