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Santiram Mahato launches clean, green programmes in Purulia

Santiram Mahato launches clean, green programmes in Purulia
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Santiram Mahato, minister for Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs on Tuesday launched a clean and green programme in schools, ICDS centres, hospitals, SSKs and MSKs in Purulia.
The initiative to launch the project was taken up by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It may be mentioned that Purulia is the first district in the state to start the programme in all the state-run establishments in a single day. The programme has taken the form of a mass movement under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme.
Sandhyarani Tudu, Minister of State, Backward Classes Welfare department, Mriganka Mahato, MP, sabadhipatis and panchayat samity members and state government officials upto

the block levels were present at the inaugural functionDuring her visit to the district, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had told the district administration that she would review the performance of the district after completion of the scheme.

The Purulia district administration has started the programme in 8,391 premises which include 287 Sishu Shiksha Karmasuchi and Madhyamik Shiksha Karmasuchis, 2,727 primary schools and 532 high schools, ICDS centres and hospitals.

It has been decided that hedge plants and fruit bearing plants will be planted in the schools to make the areas green. Soakpits, drains, garbage pits and rainwater harvesting structures to be constructed as well to make the premises clean. Equipment including buckets are being given to the schools to keep the toilets clean. It will create substantial amount of wages and persondays under MGNREGA and will help the district to achieve labour budget target for 2017-18 financial year.

Shantiram Mahato said: "The programme will ensure cleanliness in the school premises as well as inculcate learning habit for gardening and plantation as directed by the Chief Minister during her visit to the district."

Meanwhile, work is on in full swing to make the district open defecation free (ODF). Initially, the district lagged behind but now it has picked up pace and it is expected that the district will meet the deadline. The state government has decided to make all the districts open defecation free by March 2019. Nadia, North 24 parganas, Hooghly, East Midnapore and Cooch Behar have been declared ODF.
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