Bengaluru : 76% of rural Karnataka ‘open defecation-free’ …

Bengaluru : Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H.K. Patil presented the Gandhi Gram Puraskar to 1,900 gram panchayats that have achieved 100% success in construction of toilets. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakh.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Siddaramaiah asked elected representatives and the public to work towards making sanitation “a birth right of all citizens”. The NDA government at the Centre launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on the Gandhi Jayanti three years ago to free the country of open defecation.

Giving an account of the progress of the cleanliness campaign in rural areas of the State, the CM said 31.12 lakh toilets have been constructed during the last four years and four months, including 5.05 lakh in 2013-14, 7.79 lakh in 2014-15, 5.3 lakh in 2015-16, and 5.78 lakh as on September 25 during this year.

Mr. Patil said 11 districts in the State — Shivamogga, Chikkamagalu- ru, Mandya, Ramanagaram, Kolar, Hassan, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Bengaluru Urban and Bengauru Rural — are free of open defecation.

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