New Delhi, Nov 12 : Government will launch National Urban Sanitation Policy here today
Dr. M. Ramachandran Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development will announce the details of the policy approved by the Government last month at a Workshop being organized for this purpose.
The vision of the policy is that all Indian cities and towns become totally sanitized, healthy and livable and ensure and sustain good public health and environment outcomes for the citizens with a special focus on hygienic and affordable sanitation facilities for the Urban poor and women.
The goal includes awareness generation and behavioral change, elimination of open defecation, integrated citywide sanitation, safe disposal and proper operation and maintenance of all sanitary installations.
The main elements of the policy are financial assistance for state level sanitation strategies and city level plans and Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), promoting Public Private Partnership (PPP), awareness generation and capacity building .
The policy envisages an annual rating schemes for all Class-I cities and institution of an annual award.