Puducherry plans to emerge as open defecation-free on 2 October

Puducherry: Puducherry Public Works Department minister A Namassivayam on Wednesday said the entire Union Territory would be declared 'open defecation-free' on 2 October as the government has intensified steps to ensure that all households were equipped with toilet facilities.

The minister announced in the Assembly that the territorial government would spend around Rs 16 crores to provide subsidies to households without toilets, as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Namassivayam further said drinking water supply would be augmented in rural areas in Puducherry through deep bore well projects at a cost of Rs 403 crores and the projects would be funded by the Paris-based Finance corporation (French Development Corporation).

 Puducherry plans to emerge as open defecation-free on 2 October

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He said that Public Health Division in PWD would implement various infrastructure development projects at a cost of Rs 661.52 crores during 2017-2018.

In his response to the MLAs' views on demands for grants to his department, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy said
that a detailed survey would be taken up to assess the income of families for reclassification of red colour family ration cards.

He said that those coming forward to opt out of freebies would be issued green colour ration cards. Kandasamy also said that the government was committed to eradicating child labour in the Union Territory.

A survey was now under way through the Pondicherry University and the report of the survey would be available on
30 September, he said.

The government would start a school exclusively for the rehabilitation of the child labour, he added.

Updated Date: Jun 14, 2017 19:45:35 IST