Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that generation of awareness for behavioral change towards cleanliness and avoidance of open defecation is of foremost importance in the strategy for achieving cleanliness and urged the Governors and Administrators to take lead in the campaign. They could also review progress of the Mission in respective States and UTs from time to time and facilitate best performing urban local bodies, individuals and organisations, he said.
The Minister said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has desired ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to be made into a Jan Andolan and several distinguished persons have been roped in as Brand Ambassadors. Effective awareness generation would result in proper and full utilization of infrastructure being built in the form of household toiles, public and community toilets, he said.
Under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, 1.20 crore household toilets and over 5.00 lakh public and community toilet seats are to be built in urban areas in the next five years at an estimated cost of Rs.62,009 cr. Central Government provides a grant of Rs.4,000 per each household toilet besides extending Viability Gap Funding for building public and community toilets.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu thanked the President for including a presentation on Swachh Bharat Mission in the agenda for the Conference of Governors and Administrators.