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PM to sign declaration for a clean India today

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Centre to give ₹400-crore bonus to top States for urban reforms

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sign a declaration reiterating the commitment to ensure Open Defecation Free and Clean India.

Modi will inaugurate India Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) on Friday and address Chief Ministers, Ministers, elected representatives of people, District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners of 500 Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) cities and other stakeholders.

The Prime Minister will also honour as many as 11 individuals and organisations who have contributed towards generating awareness about sanitation.

Swachh Bharat Mission envisages construction of 1.04 crore individual household toilets in all the 4,041 statutory cities and towns besides 5.08 lakh community and public toilets and 100 per cent door-to-door collection and scientific disposal of solid waste at a cost of ₹62,009 crore.

A special edition of popular children’s magazine Amar Chitra Katha to spread the message of cleanliness will also be launched on Friday.

During the conference, the Ministry of Urban Development will also award the top States based on their performance in 2015-16 under AMRUT. It has set aside ₹400 crore to disburse as bonus among these top States.

23 States and Union Territories have submitted reports to the Ministry of Urban Development along with self -assessment and evidence of their claims.

“Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan , West Bengal, Gujarat, Odisha and Telangana will be given monetary incentive for progress in urban reforms,” a senior official in the Ministry told BusinessLine .

The parameters for choosing the winners include e-governance, urban planning and city development plans, review of building bye-laws, credit rating of urban local bodies, energy and water audit, devolution of funds and functions, augmenting double entry accounting, among others.

As much as 10 per cent of total Central assistance of ₹4,000 crore under AMRUT for 2015-16 has been earmarked for incentivising reform performance. A total of about ₹4,000 crore will be used for incentivising reform performance during the mission period (2014-2019).

AMRUT aims to upgrade basic infrastructure services relating to water supply, sewerage, septage management, storm water drains, transport and development of green spaces and parks, etc.

Published on January 16, 2018

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