Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on 26 September 2017 declared the rural areas in Nargund Taluk of Karnataka as Open Defecation Free (ODF) while inaugurating Swachhta Hi Seva and Shouchalayakkagi Samara (A Crusade For Toilets) Programme in Karnataka.
Naidu also initiatied the activity of ‘Tippe Samskarane’ (Waste Processing) at Konnur Village in Naragund Taluk, Gadag District and also inaugurated a “Shudda Kudiyuva Neerina Ghataka” (Purified Drinking Water Plant).
On the occasion, Vice President Naidu honoured 13 Village Panchayat Presidents and the Naragund Taluka Panchayat President, the achievers of A Crusade For Toilets programme.
ODF Status for Nargund taluk
Nargund taluk with 13 gram panchayats and 30 villages had 11949 families as per the baseline survey in 2012 and of them 9949 families did not have toilets.
The authorities found it difficult to get toilets constructed in the village due to the reluctance of the villagers to have toilets in their backyards and misconceptions surrounding use of toilets.
Seeing the failure of the gram sabhas and awareness meetings in making an impact on the need for constructing toilets, the officials took help of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and Anganwadi workers to convince the residents.
This finally resulted in the residents coming forward to get toilets constructed and now the rural areas of Naragund taluk are free from open defecation.
When: 26 September 2017