- Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation said that with the present rate of sanitation coverage in the state, Jharkhand will become open defecation free state on it’s upcoming foundation day – 15th November. She was speaking in Ganga Gram Swachchhata Sammelan at Rajmahal in Jharkhand .
- Ganga Gram is a concept to transform banks on the village of River Ganga into ideal villages with emphasis on ODF, Solid and Liquid Waste Management, Water Conservation, Ground Water Recharge, modern crematorium, tree plantation, organic and medicinal plant agriculture being the main components.
- After making all 4465 Ganga Bank villages ODF, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is working in this direction. In this regard, the minister stressed upon public participation as the key to make Ganga Bank villages ideal Ganga Grams.
- She urged people to participate in SLWM activities, not to litter around and pollute water sources, take care of their waste management to promote organic farming etc. Praising the efforts of Sahibganj district in ghat beautification and other cleanliness initiatives, she told the gathering that in past one year, in Ganga Bank revenue land more than 7.5 lakh trees were planted.