New Delhi, May 16, 2013: The government on 13 May 2013 approved new guidelines for the Indira Awas Yojna (IAY) Scheme for rural poor.
New Delhi, May 3, 2013: As per information available for 12.52 lakhs Anganwadi Centres (AWCs)/ mini-AWCs, 6,29,688 (50.28%) AWCs are reported to have toilet facilities, 8,89,834 (71.05%) AWCs have drinking water facilities within the premises and 3,54,936 (28.34%) AWCs have separate kitchen as on 31.12.2012.
The implementation of ICDS Scheme is continuously monitored through prescribed monthly & annual progress reports, reviews, as well as, supervision visits etc.
Kannaur, Kerala, May 3, 2013: An intensive pre-monsoon sanitation programme has been launched in the district.
According to District Medical Officer R. Ramesh, in the past four months, 67 Hepatitis A and 37 dengue cases have been reported from various parts of the district.
If unchecked, the situation might worsen with the onset of the monsoon.
May 1, 2013: Here’s the stinking truth. More than half of 1.2 billion people in India live without toilets. They squat on roadsides, in agriculture fields or at railway tracks and defecate in the open. This, despite the Indian government spending close to Rs1,250 billion on water and sanitation projects in the last 20 years. This fiscal, the UPA government has mounted the sanitation budget to Rs 15,260 crore against the revised estimate of Rs 13,000 crore.
Patna, Jan 17, 2013: At least 400 women and adolescent girls in Bihar would have escaped rape in 2012 had the state government provided toilets to all the households in the state under the Centre-sponsored Total Sanitation Scheme (TSC), now christened Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). That's official - sort of.
According to police records, rape cases averaged 980-odd every year in Bihar between 2006 and 2011. In the year just gone by, 872 cases of rape were reported till November.
Mar 30, 2013: Of late there is lot of awareness among rural population regarding the usage of toilets and related hygienic conditions. Government agencies and NGO’s are participating in a big way in this programme. Government of India initiated a program “Total Sanitation Campaign” (TSC) with the objective of eradicating the practice of Open Defecation by 2012. This programme has become part of rural water supply schemes for the past 5-10 years. Water supply schemes providing safe drinking water to villages and towns had priority in earlier schemes.
Punjab, Apr 30, 2013: The Annual Plan for the year 2013-14 for the state of Punjab was finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Punjab, Sh. S. Parkash Singh Badal. The plan size has been agreed at Rs16,125crore.
In his comments, Deputy Chairman assured the State Government of continued support and pointed out that the issues raised by the State Government would be considered appropriately.
Jammu, Apr 28, 2013: Notwithstanding the pitiable condition of rural sanitation across J&K, the state government has not been able to utilize generous central funding under Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), which has now been renamed as Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), in the past three years.
In the year 2010-11, out of total available funds of Rs 2373.18 lakhs, the concerned state government agencies could expend only Rs 1715.26 lakhs.