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Make sanitation top priority: PM to J-K govt

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

said sanitation should be made the first priority for and Kashmir, which is famous for its tourist destinations.

The prime minister, during a review meeting on the progress of his flagship (SBM) yesterday, interacted with the chief secretaries of various states and enquired about the steps taken so far by their governments to declare all the districts in their respective states open defecation free (ODF), an official said.

Apprising the about the progress made by the state in this regard, J-K BB Vyas said the state has achieved 55 per cent coverage of Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHL) till now and that it will increase up to 60 per cent by April 10, 2018.

Notably, the state is yet to achieve the ODF status.

Modi, according to the spokesperson, asked the state to cover province in mission mode before the durbar move to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.

Also, the was told by the to make efforts on making all district en route to the Amarnath Yatra ODF, the said.

Vyas, who assured the prime minister of achieving the target in prescribed time, said the state has to cover over 6.83 lakh toilets for which a detailed month wise report has already been prepared and targets have been fixed for each district.

He also informed the prime minister about the districts that have attained the ODF status in the state. The list included names like Leh, Kargil, and

Also, during the meeting, a presentation was made by the Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer regarding status of progress made under the programme in the four states including JK, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and

Under the (SBM), the government aims to attain 100 per cent scientific management of solid waste, and also make the country Open-Defecation Free (ODF) by October 2, 2019, the 150th

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 17:00 IST