Srinagar, Nov 10:
Is Jammu and Kashmir ‘open defecation free’ for real?
On papers Jammu
and Kashmir is open defection free, but in reality several components of Swachh
Bharat Mission (SBM) scheme are yet to be implemented.
On October 2 last
year, Jammu and Kashmir was declared ‘open defecation free’ after constructing
15.42 lakh toilets under the SBM scheme.
authorities have failed to implement several components of centrally sponsored
Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBAR-DHAN), which is component of
SBM was launched in February 2018 to make villages open defecation free and
improve the lives of villagers by obtaining bio- gas from cattle dung, poultry
droppings, crop residue, kitchen waste and other bio degradable waste.
of Swachh Bharat Mission scheme is yet to be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.
Government has now identified few sites for implementation of GOBAR-DHAN.
However, funds are yet to be released by the Centre’s Ministry of Drinking
Water and Sanitation to Jammu and Kashmir,” said an official in the Directorate
of Rural Sanitation.
another component of the scheme –‘Dry Leaf Composting’ –still awaits
Composting’ was launched to improve the lives of villagers by obtaining manures
from the mixture of dry leaf, agriculture residue, cattle dung and other bio
It was launched
last year with an aim of managing rural waste and converting dry leaves and
agriculture waste into organic fertilizer. Sources said authorities are making
no efforts for its implementation.
fertilizer produced from the composting of dry leaves could have reduced the
use of chemical fertilizers to grow vegetables in kitchen garden, farms and to
make terrace garden,” said a source.
Secretary, Rural Development Department, Sheetal Nanda said she would seek
details from concerned officials to ensure all components of the Swachh Bharat
Mission are implemented in Jammu and Kashmir.