Sanitation Campaign – Bengal leads among States

In a video conference held earlier today with all the States, Government of India announced that West Bengal was the best among all in the sanitation campaign.

In a Facebook post, West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee wrote: “We had constructed 8.47 lakh toilets last year, the highest in the country. This year, till now, we have done 3.22 lakh, which again is the highest.”

She also said, “Our expenditure in 100-days work in 2014-15 was Rs 4009.76 Cr, highest in the country. We created 16.7 Cr person days, 2nd highest in India.”

We are committed to do our best for Bengal. My best wishes to everyone, WB CM said.

Bengal’s ‘Sabar Shouchagar’ project receives UN award for innovative public services

The project in West Bengal’s Nadia district for improving heath by providing sanitary toilets and promoting their use has won a first place UN award for innovative public services.

Announcing the award to the Sabar Shouchagar — “Toilets for All” — project, the UN department administering the awards said on Monday that it “is a unique model developed to generate awareness, improve access to sanitary toilets, and bring substantial health improvement through improved sanitation”.

The project increased awareness and brought about behavioural changes leading to more use of the constructed toilets, it added.

The award from the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is to be given in Medellin, Colombia, on Thursday at a UN Public Service Forum.

“The awards highlight many innovations that help to provide better services to citizens everywhere in the world and improve people’s lives,” said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

“It provides an international platform to showcase some of the best examples of effective public governance.”