1 lakh toilets to be constructed across Assam | Mission Sambhav

Guwahati, March 26: Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Assam launched a massive Campaign titled “Mission Sambhav” across the state on March 26, 2018.

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The campaign was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal in a central ceremony at Gopal Krishna Tea Estate at Nellie GP in Mayong block in Morigaon district. The Chief Minister flagged off the campaign by digging pit for sanitary toilet in the house of Romesh Paharia, a tea garden worker residing in Gopal Krishna Tea Estate.

The central theme of the campaign is to reach out to more than one lakh families without toilet, on a single day for toilet construction, starting with pit digging.

PHE Minister Rihon Daimari, MLAs Piyush Hazarika and Ramakanta Deori, Addl. Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar Krishna, Mission Director, SBM and Secretary Dr Siddharth Singh along with top state dignitaries and officials were also present in the central ceremony.

After the pit digging exercise, the CM and other dignitaries planted trees in the tea estate, sending a message to protect the flora and fauna of the state, and with a hope that these trees will witness a Swachh Green Assam.

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The PHE Minister threw light on how the pit digging shall help in making the identified Block/GP/Village as Open Defecation Free (ODF) within a short span of time.

The launch of “Mission Sambhav” also witnessed donating of toilets by the dignitaries and officials present. SBM (G) promotes the concept of “Daan Toilet” which emphasizes on donating of a sanitary toilet to a person who does not have one. Through this initiative, SBM (G) wants all the rural people of Assam to have access to sanitary toilets. This step is specially meant for households which are left out of the baseline survey conducted in 2012 or newly grown household.

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Sonowal, while addressing an august gathering of more than 8000 people, stated that Mission Sambhav is taken up across  all the 33 districts covering 219 blocks and would witness coming together of thousands of motivators sensitizing community about sanitation, leading to a Swachh Assam. He stated that this campaign aims to promote mass mobilization through local public representatives, local units of Police, Army, Para Military Forces, CBOs, NGOs, Colleges and Universities to get directly involved with the Swachh Bharat Mission by offering “Shramdaan”.

He also said that this would win the confidence of people and increase their faith in governmental welfare policies.

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