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Posted On : 8 Sep, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Chandigarh 
ODF mission: Khattar orders DCs to boost work in urban areas
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today directed deputy commissioners to expedite work in urban areas falling in their respective districts so that all such parts of the state could be declared open defecation-free (ODF) by September 25.

He also said that Haryana would be declared a stray cattle-free state after September 30.

Khattar was presiding over a meeting of all deputy commissioners through video conferencing here to review the progress on ODF (Urban), stray cattle and 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' programme.

The CM said rural Haryana has already been declared ODF.

He directed deputy commissioners (DCs) to make necessary arrangements for community toilets, mobile toilets, and household latrines wherever required and also get the third party inspection completed well before the scheduled date of September 25.

Khattar also directed them to lay special emphasis in and around the industrial areas of Faridabad, Gurgaon, Dharuhera, and Bawal in district Rewari and make arrangements for mobile toilets in all the labour colonies.

He said the DCs should not limit themselves to providing the facility of community toilets and also work towards behaviour change in the people by launching special campaigns in their areas.

Apart from this, they should also work towards sustainability after achieving the ODF status, he said, according to an official release.

Reviewing the progress of the districts in the rehabilitation of stray cattle, the chief minister directed the DCs to make their respective districts free of stray cattle by September 30.

He said those districts that had not received the grant of Rs 15 lakh for making the arrangement of sheds could send their requirement so that the same could be released at the earliest.

He said besides utilising the available funds, they should also urge the corporate sector, villagers and other institutions to come forward and contribute for this cause by way of making arrangements of fodder for the cattle.

Khattar also asked them to make all necessary arrangements for the rehabilitation of stray cattle in the 'gaushalas' and 'nandishals'.

He said besides tagging the cattle in the gaushalas, tagging of abandoned cattle should also be done so that their owners could be ascertained.

Khattar said that he would also write to the chief ministers of neighbouring states asking them to ensure that the cattle from their states do not enter into Haryana.

Later, while reviewing the progress of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' programme, the chief minister claimed the state has made remarkable progress in this field and its efforts are being appreciated throughout the country.

He directed the DCs to conduct regular raids and ensure the strict compliance of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.
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