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Uttarakhand to be open defecation-free by May 31: Rawat


New Delhi, may 29: Uttarakhand will be open defecation-free by the end of this month, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has asserted. He said that his government has laid maximum emphasis on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a Swachh Bharat and has taken a number of steps for cleanliness.

"By the end of May, Uttarakhand will be open defecation-free, barring a few areas in Haridwar," Rawat told reporters.

Trivendra Singh Rawat

"The confluence of the Song and Tons rivers is already free from smell. Birds have started drinking water there. It is an encouraging news," he said.

Earlier, the Centre had announced that Sikkim was the first state to become open defecation-free followed by Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. It was anticipating four more states Uttarakhand, Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab to achieve the target of open defecation free by this year.

Rawat assumed the charge of chief minister of Uttarakhand on March 18 after the BJP stormed to power winning 57 of the 70 assembly seats and ousted the Congress. He also highlighted the BJP government's transfer policy for state bureaucrats and police officers saying it was completely transparent and balanced.

"There has not been a single complaint regarding the transfers we have done. There was no corruption in the transfers, these were balanced and transparent," he said.


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