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Kohima | October 2
Nagaland was today declared as the 22nd Open Defecation Free state (Rural) in the country.
“It is a proud moment for all of us,” said PHED Minister, Jacob Zhimomi while making the official declaration here today by unfurling a symbolic scroll at Ura Academy Hall. Nagaland is now the 4th state in the North East and the 22nd state in the country to be declared Open Defecation Free.
Zhimomi informed that ODF status has only been achieved in rural areas, adding that the department is ready to assist the urban areas as and when their service is required in the coming days.
He stressed on the need to ponder over the requirement of having clean environment, hygienic lifestyle and healthy lifestyle when it comes to developmental aspects apart from good infrastructure, good buildings and good roads.
The Minister called upon all the village council members and WATSAN committee members across the state to sustain and continue to carry forward the Swachh Bharat mission in the state.
Stating that Nagaland has been ranked 15th in the country as far as sanitation matters are concerned, he said: “Together, it shall be our endeavor to see that Nagaland is ranked among the top 10 in the country.”
Moangwati Aier, Commissioner & Secretary, PHED recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 stated that India should become clean and open defecation fee country by 2nd October 2019. “So far we have achieved 92% as ODF in the whole country,” he said.
“When a clarion call was given by Prime Minister in 2014, it was only 39% ODF but today 92% of the country achieved ODF status,” said Dr. Aier.
PHED Chief Engineer, K Ghushito Sumi said that as of now, 5, 04, 316 villages in India have been declared ODF villages and 468 as ODF districts in India.
In Nagaland, four districts in Nagaland—Mokockhung, Zunheboto, Kiphire and Longleng have been declared as ODF districts in 2017. Today, the remaining 7 districts—Phek, Kohima, Wokha, Dimapur, Tuensang, Mon and Peren have also been declared as ODF districts.
He expressed happiness that the coverage of Individual House Hold Latrine construction has reached 100 % in the rural areas in Nagaland.
Stating that Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin is a continuous process, the Chief Engineer called upon the people to continue to engage in the mission for a clean Nagaland.
The department also conferred Swachhata certificates to 122 best performing ODF villages across the state.