On August 9, the 'Khule Mein Shauch Se Azaadi' programme was launched in various parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Notably, a number of Swachhta Raths were flagged off across the state to spread the message of sanitation and hygiene. The social activity to clean up the surroundings was also carried out at different places.
The Palwal district of Haryana organised a candle march as a part of their celebration of 'Freedom from Open Defecation' week. Also, the school kids from Bhiwani keenly participated in the initiative. Notably, Haryana was the fourth state to achieve the target of ODF by constructing more than 5, 80,000 individual toilets in 22 districts of the state.
A number of sanitation awareness programmes were carried out at state, district, block and village level in Punjab. The Punjab Water Supply & Sanitation Minister, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said the target is to make rural Punjab open defecation free by the end of this year. The government is carrying out awareness programmes against ill effects of open defecation through student rallies, seminars, interpersonal communication programmes, folk performances, street theatre, puppet shows, video vans, and also fairs and exhibitions.
In Sikkim, a number of programmes were organised by schools to spread the message of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. As part of the programme, a cleanathon drive, along with cultural extravaganzas and speeches were conducted. Also, the Block Development Officers highlighted the issues related to open defecation and talked about plausible solutions. Notably, a volleyball tournament was also organised at Rumtek School.
Bihar organised a swachhta sabha and kathputli show to celebrate the 'Freedom from Open Defecation' week. Women keenly participated in the initiative by taking out a procession to promote the message of construction and the usage of toilets. Along with this, bicycle rallies, nukkad natak and various other Swachhta activities also took place in various parts of the state.
As part of #FreedomFromOpenDefecation week celebrations, Swachhta lamps were lit at every toilet door in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh. The Swachhagrahis along with district officials participated in the Swachh Bharat awareness rallies and also took the pledge to work towards becoming an open defecation free state.
On August 12, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Aditya Nath launched 24 Adarsh Ganga Grams and 30 Swachhta Raths at Ganga Gram Sammelan at Allahabad. The Chief Minister along with Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation and Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, addressed the gathering at Ganga Gram Sammelan on the need for saving Ganga for the survival of mankind.
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