Hyderabad, : Municipal and IT Minister K T Rama Rao today claimed that a new era has begun in rural development with the Open Defecation Free (ODF) program. He expressed happiness that Telangana is in the forefront of open defecation free with 96.74 percent plus villages following it.
In his Twitter handle the minister asked which state is first in the ODF program in the country. He said that the state is doing well in ODF with almost cent percent as Tamil Nadu achieved just 35.59 percent ODF according to records. He attributed the ODF rank to the vision of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Leadership of KCR is miles ahead of Tamilnadu which is ranked second at 35.59 percent, he said.
Swachh Bharat Mission of the Centre has announced that out of 14,200 villages in Telangana a total of 13,737 villages were declared ODF, KT Rama Rao claimed. He also said that the significant development was due to more facilities and infrastructure in the villages. Panchayat Raj Department officials have uploaded the details to a related website of the Swachh Bharat Mission and we got first rankings in ODF, he explained.
KTR said that out of 5,82,903 villages across the country only 26,138 villages got ODF plus rank. Out of this Telangana gets a major share with 13,737 villages were declared ODF which puts it at 52 percent at national level. The Minister said that the state will achieve 100 percent ODF with more facilities in the villages in future.
The minister said that Palle Pragathi has heralded a new era in villages with achieving open defecation plus status through the Centre. The state of Telangana is making rapid strides and ODF plus is another feather in its cap to clean the village environment. ODF plus is to provide more facilities towards a clean and green environment with toilets and related facilities. They are collecting garbage from every village, vehicles for the purpose, toilets in offices and institutions, separation of dry and wet garbage, rainwater pits, remove stagnation of water on roads, cemeteries in villages, shifting the same to the outskirts of the villages, garbage dumping yards, Vaikuntadhamams, clean maintenance, toilets in government offices, every household and others.
Panchayat Raj Minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao expressed happiness at the ODF achievement at national level.