Itanagar, Dec. 22, 2012: Arunachal Pradesh is all set to achieve better sanitation standards with the Centre promising to provide all the funds required for Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) programme to make the state open defecation free by 2022.
This development came to fore during a two-day consultation on rural sanitation involving the ministers and secretaries of various states across the country that concluded at New Delhi yesterday, official sources informed here today. In the meeting chaired by Union Minister of State for Drinking Water Supply Bharatsinh Solanki, Arunachal was represented by Parliamentary Secretary for public health engineering and water supply Karikho Kri.
In his address, Kri furnished details of impediments in implementation of NBA in Arunachal and called for providing incentives as honorarium to 'Swachhata Doots' on the line of block coordinators so that the goal can be fulfilled. To Kri's demand for converging the fund of MGNREGA and NBA and for simplification of the guidelines for implementation of rural sanitation programme, the union minister agreed to look into the matter for its consideration, sources said. (Source: PTI)