Nirmal Bangla Diwas: Celebrating a cleanlier environment and a healthier life

Nirmal Bangla Diwas: Celebrating a cleanlier environment and a healthier life






Nirmal Bangla Diwas: Celebrating a cleanlier environment and a healthier life


Kolkata:  On April 30, 2015, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared, at a function in Krishnanagar, Nadia as India’s first open defecation-free (ODF) district, and henceforth, this day has been celebrated as Nirmal Bangla Diwas in the state. This was the first milestone of 'Mission Nirmal Bangla', meant to make Bengal open defecation-free in order to make for a cleanlier environment and consequently, a healthier life. For Nadia to achieve ODF status, the district administration, under the aegis of the State Government, had adopted a programme called ‘Sabar Souchagar’ (Toilets for All). This initiative of the State Government achieved international recognition when it was selected as the first place winner for the 2015 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of ‘Improving the Delivery of Public Services’. Since then, a total of five districts of Bengal have achieved the ODF status – Nadia, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur and Cooch Behar. Two more are going to be declared as ODF districts soon – South 24 Parganas and Bardhaman. Mission Nirmal Bangla has truly been leading the way for India. Among the first four districts in India to be declared as ODF district, three were from Bengal.

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