Swachh Bharat CMs sub-group likely to submit report by Aug 15
BENGALURU, KARNATAKA: Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Mizoram came together to discuss the feasibility of Swachh Bharat campaign in the NITI Ayog’s Chief Ministers Sub-Group in Bengaluru today. Central government had launched the clean India initiative last year on October 2, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth centenary.
“Before Independence Day preferably, we want to submit the report to government of India,” Naidu told reporters here after chairing a meeting of the Sub-Group comprising Chief Ministers of several states.
The next meeting would be in New Delhi, he said adding “If necessary, we will take respective ministries… Finance ministry for tax incentives, urban and rural development ministries…, power ministry and central electricity commission as they will have to give some incentives…”
Apart from Naidu, the meeting was attended by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and his counterpart Harish Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Lal Thanhawla (Mizoram).
Chief Ministers of Delhi, Bihar, Sikkim, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Haryana, who are also in the Sub-Group, did not attend the meeting and sent either their ministers or senior officials.
This was the third meeting of the Sub-Group after the first two held in Delhi and Chandigarh. Today’s meeting discussed in detail about waste management.
The Sub-Group was constituted in March last to examine financial requirements for comprehensive implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission and suggest measures for meeting budgetary needs and recommend robust institutional mechanisms for effective implementation among others.
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2 last, aims to rid the country of open defecation by 2019, the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi.
Siddaramaiah said he suggested that since Swachh Bharat was a centrally-sponsored scheme, 90 per cent of funding should be from the Centre and 10 per cent from the states.
“.. We have also requested the Chairman of the sub-group to make this request to the central government in the report,” said Siddaramaiah, who in his speech, also said Karnataka would be an open defecation-free state by October 2, 2018, a year ahead of the Centre’s deadline. The next meeting of chief ministers will be held in New Delhi with the report to be submitted before August 15th.