Punjab signs MoU with Sulab for hygiene projects

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Chandigarh, June 26 (UNI) Celebrated global social service organisation, Sulabh International today firmed up a strategic tie-up with the Punjab government for a statewide hygiene programme.

Sulabh would join the state government initially for the construction of public and private hygiene units, including improvised low flush toilets for the rural and the urban poor in three districts. These districts are the Kandi areas of Hoshiarpur, the waterlogged areas of Mukatsar and the border belt of Tarn Taran.

The scheme in the three district would be pilot projects and thereafter the entire state would be brought under the ambit of this project.

The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) when the founder of the international social service body, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak called on Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here this morning. All 12,500 villages as well as several urban areas of the state are proposed to be covered under the project.

The Chief Minister wanted Sulabh toilet facilities for the poorest of the poor in both the rural and urban areas. He invited Dr Pathak to visit the interior of Punjab to get first hand information about the sanitation problems and suggest ways and means to tackle these effectively.

Mr Badal assured Dr Pathak of state government's fulsome support in his mission to provide clean sanitation to the people of Punjab especially in the rural areas through the concept of 'Sulabh Shauchalaya'.

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