Swachh Bharat: Toilets now dubbed izzat ghar in UP; 610 villages in PM Modi’s Varanasi now declared open defecation free

By: | Published: October 3, 2017 11:57 AM

Speeding up the task of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission in his own parliamentary constituency Varanasi, more than 300 hamlets were declared open defecation free yesterday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat mission VARANASI, 610 villages in PM Modi's Varanasi HAVE TOILETS, ODF, open defecation free Out of 1332 villages in the district, 610 villages have now got toilets – which are increasingly being called izzat ghar now. (Representational image/IE)

Speeding up the task of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission in his own parliamentary constituency Varanasi, more than 300 hamlets were declared open defecation free yesterday. Out of 1332 villages in the district, 610 villages have now got toilets – which are increasingly being called izzat ghar now. A deadline of December 31 has been set by the district administration to make the entire district free from open defecation, Hindustan Times reported.

Chief development officer Sunil Kumar Verma has said a month ago 309 villages were declared open defecation free now again another 301 have been added into that category. 48 in developmental block Chiraigaon, 45 in Kashi Vidyapeeth, 42 in Pindara, 35 in Arajiline, 26 in Badagaon, and 25 in Cholapur area were among the hamlets that have been declared ODF, the HT report said.

Shahanshahpur is one such village which has been declared ODF. Last month, during his visit to Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi applauded Yogi Adityanath government for naming toilets, as “Izzat ghar.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that if a house will have Izzat ghar, it would upkeep the dignity of the house, as per The Times of India report. PM Modi also performed ‘shramdan’ at Musahar Basti during the construction of a two-pit toilet.”When I was laying

“When I was laying foundation stone of toilets at village, I saw izzat ghar written on them. I was happy to see the name. I congratulate state government for coining this name,” Modi was quoted as saying by ToI.

Verma said the cleanliness drive will be accelerated. The regular awareness campaigns have yielded desired results, he said, adding many locals who were reluctant to build toilets are now enthusiastically getting ‘izzat ghar’ built for themselves, the report said.

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