Saturday, April 28, 2018

Free Rice scheme made conditional to MLAs and officers cleaning up their villages.

I am very anguished at the slow pace of rural sanitation. 
Last two years I have not seen local representatives and concerned public officials determined to make rural Puducherry clean within a time frame. 
I am sorry this cannot go on.—
This was the 155 Morning Weekend Round Of Team RajNivas spanning over the last two years. 
Yet we have not transformed in proportion to the effort and energy that has gone into. 
In all our rural visits we have seen community leaders putting forth various demands on behalf of the people, but I have never seen any of them impatient at cleaning up the village in their constituency. Which is the cause of several diseases also in the village through contamination of water. 
In view of this attitude I hereby direct that distribution of free rice to the villagers shall be conditional to the certification of the village being open defecation free and free of strewn garbage and plastics by submitting a joint certificate given by the MLA and the Commune Commisioner to the Civil Supplies Commisioner. 
Till then the free rice supplies will be kept on hold and in safe storage. It shall be distributed to the beneficiaries on the village being certified clean.
The certification shall also be cross checked to ensure its veracity. 
All constituencies are given four weeks notice to clean up their respective areas to be entitled for the free rice. 
The notice period ends on May 31st. 
I am sure the community leaders including concerned public servants will take the lead in this transformation.
I also urge the NABARD to support only NGO who has inbuilt waste managment as integral part of its training programs.