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Tag: Swachh Bharat Mission

Swachh Iconic Places: Konark Sun Temple Among 12 Sites Taken Up In Fourth Phase

Bhubaneswar: The Konark Sun Temple is among the list of 12 iconic sites which will be covered under Phase IV of the special clean-up campaign- Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) in India. The Centre has recently announced the list of iconic sites which will be taken up under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Apart from Konark, the […]

Toilet Scam In Odisha: 2 BDOs, JE Suspended On Charges Of Embezzling Crores

Nabarangpur: Reports of financial embezzlement and irregularities in various schemes and yojanas seem to have become a regular affair in Odisha with two more cases of alleged corruption in toilet construction under Swachh Bharat Mission coming to fore recently. The State Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department on Saturday suspended Jharigaon BDO Debendra Bahadur Singh […]

Toilet Scam Allegations Surface In Jagatsinghpur, Demand For High-Level Probe Rises
Toilet Scam Allegations Surface In Jagatsinghpur, Demand For High-Level Probe Rises

Jagatsinghpur: Large-scale corruption in toilet construction under Swachh Bharat Mission continued to surface in Odisha with the residents of Talapada panchayat in Jagatsinghpur raising their voices in this regard on Tuesday. Locals alleged about Rs 70 lakh sanctioned for construction of toilets were misappropriated in Talapada panchayat. They said the government funds were embezzled by […]

No Toilets In Open Defecation-Free Villages: Swachh Bharat Mission Falls Flat In Puri?

Puri: Even as the Odisha government is claiming that it’s working hard to make the State open defecation-free, allegations of large-scale irregularities in the construction of toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has surfaced in Puri district. It was alleged that funds to the tune of lakhs of rupees were siphoned off by preparing false […]

PM Modi Inaugurates 'Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra', Calls For 'Make India Garbage Free'

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a special project on Saturday that is close to his heart — the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, which is an interactive experience centre on Swachh Bharat Mission. He watched a short video on ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ as well as saw a display where the journey of India’s fight with […]

Irregularities in building Swachh-Bharat toilets
Khurda's Open Defecation Free Mission Hits Roadblock

Khurda: Allegations of large scale irregularities in building toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) have come to the fore from several areas of Khurda district raising doubts on the Centre & State government’s target to make Odisha open defecation free (ODF) state in the near future. Most surprisingly, such allegations have come to limelight from […]

Cabinet Nod For Swachh Bharat Phase-II

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has approved Phase II of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) till 2024-25 to focus on Open Defecation Free Plus (ODF Plus), which includes ODF sustainability and Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM). The programme will also work towards ensuring that no one is left behind and everyone uses a toilet, […]

Modi receives Global Goalkeeper Award, dedicates it to 1.3 bn Indians

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Tuesday conferred the Global Goalkeeper Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the Swachh Bharat mission. The PM said the honour bestowed on him was for the millions of Indians who participated in the mission. He said receiving the award on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary […]

Naveen Patnaik's focus on 5T in Odisha
CM Naveen Patnaik's mix reaction to Union Budget

Bhubaneswar: State Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave a mixed reaction to the Union Budget 2019-20 which was tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament on Friday. Patnaik welcomed the medium to long-term vision of the Union government while he expressed concern over some issues. “The Union Budget 2019-20 speaks of medium to long-term […]

Polythene ban in Balasore from tomorrow

Balasore: The Balasore district administration has decided to impose a ban on the use of polythene bags in its jurisdiction from tomorrow. The move assumes much significance keeping in view rise in pollution and other environmental hazards due to use of polythene. The Balasore Municipality officials conducted a rigorous drive to create awareness among people […]

Inspired by PM Modi, Odisha man takes up 'Swachh' Mission

Balasore: At a time when most of the people are busy in their own lives, Sk Manan of Balasore has dedicated his life for the service of others. With a broom in his hands, Manan is now on a mission to spread the message of cleanliness in the city. Be it the temple, mosque or […]

Scam in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Massive irregularities alleged in toilets construction

Cuttack: The Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan seems to have taken a backseat in Odisha as the State government has allegedly failed to check massive irregularities in the mission to make the country and the state open defecation free (ODF). While the State government claims to have made all the blocks and districts of the State […]

Modi highlights 4Ps for cleaner world

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that Swachh Bharat Mission has turned into the world’s biggest mass movement on sanitation and has given a mantra for making the world cleaner. “Political leadership, public funding, partnerships and people’s participation are the four mantras for making the world cleaner,” he said in his address […]

Contribution of women in Swachh Bharat Mission immense: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the contribution of India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) in the Swachh Bharat Mission was immense. “The contribution of India’s Nari Shakti (women power) in the Swachh Bharat (clean India) Mission is immense,” Modi said while launching the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’. “Youngsters are ambassadors of […]

Modi writes to teachers, urges them to connect students with tech trends

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that 21st century will be shaped by societies that accord topmost importance to education, research, and innovation and urged teachers to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in technology and connect students with the technological trends. In an e-mail letter to lakhs of teachers on Teachers’ Day, […]

Hope 'Halkaa' helps India become open defecation-free: Nila Madhab Panda

New Delhi: “Halkaa” director Nila Madhab Panda says the film deals with the issues of open defecation, and is his “small contribution” towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission. “This is a very special moment for our team and everyone of us. We have worked hard on this film. We are really grateful to […]

'Odisha to be open defecation-free State by December 2018'

Bhubaneswar: If all goes as per plan, Odisha will become an open defecation-free state by December 2018, informed Parameswaran Iyer, who is currently leading the Swachh Bharat Mission for the Government of India. Iyer, who held discussions with senior officials of Odisha government and had a courtesy meeting with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, stated that […]

Odisha sets target to achieve 65% IHHL coverage by next month

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Wednesday set a target to achieve at least 65 per cent individual household latrine (IHHL) coverage in the state by end of this March. The direction in this regard was given to district collectors when Chief Secretary A P Padhi reviewed the progress of rural sanitation campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission. […]

None of the districts in Goa is open defecation-free

New Delhi: Goa is often projected as one of the most favoured destinations for foreign tourists, but none of its districts has been declared open defecation-free (ODF) under the government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Mission launched over three years ago. The western coastal state, along with Bihar and Manipur, does not have a single district which […]

Deogarh Open defecation free? No, toilets in villages turn store rooms

Deogarh: Though the State government has declared Deogarh the first ‘open defecation-free’ district, the ground reality tells a different story. Owing to the lack of piped water supply for villages in the district, people have not been able to use latrines built under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Like the villagers of Sanadangaghat in the district […]

Swachh Bharat Mission a damp squib in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Even as three years have elapsed since its inception, the Swachh Bharat Mission has reportedly failed to achieve its desired goal in Odisha as around 50 lakh families are still defecating in open and lack toilets. In some cases, toilets which have already been built under the mission are not even in a proper […]

Elderly couple living in toilet lays bare govt's failed promises

Keonjhar: An elderly couple of Harshapur village under Raisaina panchayat in Keonjhar has failed to get a house under government schemes for the past five years and is living in a 4ft x 3 ft toilet. Naku Naik aged 70 and wife Sumati Naik have been spending their lives in a toilet built under the […]

Six engineers suspended over irregularities in toilet construction

Puri: Cleanliness drive in the district under the Swachh Bharat Mission scheme has turned into farce after review reports by the district administration pointed out extensive irregularities in toilet construction projects under the flagship programme. In a major shake-up after reviewing the progress of the projects in different blocks at the DRDA office here on […]

Op-Ed: Colourful Toilets! How Deogarh has nailed down the sanitation problem

Be it Deojharan or Similihata, the remote villages in Deogarh district are certainly the talk of the town. These tiny villages set in the picturesque mountainous backdrop, have invited many sanitation champions in recent past.  Students and practitioners alike are thronging the villages to understand what it takes to construct a toilet and regularly use […]

SC, ST students deprived of basic sanitation; Activist seeks NHRC intervention

Students, both boys and girls of a residential school in Khajuripada, Kandhamal, are forced to go for open defecation and bathe in nearby forest due to absence of toilets and portable drinking water.