School Sanitation Reward Scheme launched in the State
Shimla | Thursday, Dec 3 2009 IST
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram Thakur today launched 'School Sanitation Reward' Scheme, under which, Government Primary and Middle Schools would get Block and District level prizes.
First cash prize would be of Rs 50,000 at District level along-with commendation certificate and momento at both Primary and Middle level while two prizes would be given at block level. First cash prize would be Rs 20,000 rupees and second prize would be of Rs 10,000 at block level for both school level. Speaking on occasion Mr Thakur said that this Rs 62 lakh scheme was initiated to create competitiveness and awareness about sanitation amongst school children. He said Himachal was one of few states where over 90 per cent achievement had been made in individual household latrines. He said TSC, launched from District Sirmaur in the year 1999-2000 was now being implemented in all the 12 districts of the State. Mr Thakur said total plan expenditure of TSC is Rs 149.62 crore of which Centre's share is 99.48 crore, State share is Rs 37.70 crore while beneficiary share is Rs 12.43 crore.
Rs 35.23 crore had been spent till 30th November 2009 under TSC, he added.
He said the Centre had fixed the target of making Total Sanitation by the year 2012 but State Government had made it 2010 to declare Himachal a Nirmal State. Two new schemes namely 'Maharishi Balmiki Sampuran Swatchhta Yojna' and 'Mahila Mandal Protsahan Yojna' launched in the year 2008, had geared up the sanitation programme in the hill state. The Rural Development Minister said School Sanitation Reward Scheme would be implemented by the Rural Development Department and Education Department while Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP South Asia) would provide the support. He said State had made steady progress during last few years in sanitation as there was nil Niramal Gram Purskar in 2005 and 22 panchayats had got it in 2006-07 and this figure rose to 245 in the year 2007-08 while it reached to 267 in the year 2008-09. Principal Secretary, Education P.C. Dhiman said about 70 percent Government Schools have the toilet facility.
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