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Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in a letter to Sarpanchas across all village panchayat has sought their support and cooperation to achieve Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.

Sawant in a letter has informed  that the State Government has taken sincere efforts towards achieving the status of “Open Defecation Free” for all the Village Panchayats under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) Scheme of the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

“As a first step towards achieving this status the work of installation of Community Toilets, wherever required, has been entrusted with the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) with a time line of August 31,” he said.

 Sawant said that the Directorate of Panchayats had already received application for construction of Individual Toilets for Households without toilets under the State Scheme which is also being taken up simultaneously, though priority now is to complete the Community Toilets for the purpose of achieving “ODF” status.

“It will be a matter of pride for the State of Goa to achieve the ODF as Goa is one of the few States which yet to achieve ODF status,” he said adding that ‘For achieving this feat I solicit the active support and cooperation of your Village Panchayat’.

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