Northeastern states to be Open Defecation Free by Oct 2019

Agartala, December 2: Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has announced that all the eight Northeastern (NE) states will be Open Defecation Free (ODF) before October 2, 2019.

“Nagaland has been declared ODF. Out of the eight NE states, four are already ODF already, three others will be ODF by December 31 and one of the states will be by January 2019. All the NE states will be ODF before the schedule date October 2nd, 2019,” said Puri.

The Union Minister was reviewing the progress of five flagship schemes for all the eight Northeastern states on Saturday in presence of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb,  representatives of all NE states and several other dignitaries at Prajnja Bhavan.

Several developmental schemes related to the NE including its implementation was reviewed during the two-day meet.

The schemes are PMAY for the urban segment, Deendayal Antodaya Yojana National Urban Livelihood Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation for Urban Transformation, Northeast Urban Development Program, Smart City Mission, Swatch Bharat Mission (Urban).

The Minister further appreciated the progress work of the five schemes in all the eight states.