Puri, Apr 01 (UNI) Coinciding with the Utkal Divas, the state formation day, Orissa Governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare today launched the ''Nirmal Puri Abhijan'', under the District Wide Approach (DWA), a pilot programme of the Water Aid, a leading international organisation.
The programme would develop sanitation and make available potable drinking water to all in the district.
Addressing the activists and delegates from Panchayati Raj institutions (PRI), Mr Bhandare said provision of drinking water and sanitation were now considered as the basic needs for welfare of the people and for good governance which has been included under the six points Bharat Nirman programme.
The governor commended the NGOs and participants for their work which would benefit about 150 villages spread over in nine districts of the state. These villages were earlier deprived of from getting potable water, sanitation and hygiene education.
Water Aid India chief Dipender Singh said the organization was working in 17 countries under a global campaign to provide sanitation and water to all.
The countries included India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal in Asia, eleven African countries and two South East Asian countries.
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