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English Release 31-January 2015
Date Month Year
  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India Congratulates DRDO on the Successful Test-Firing of Agni-V
  • President’s Message on the Occasion of 38th Anniversary of Indian Coast Guard
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • PM reviews PaHaL Scheme for Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG Subsidy
  • PM salutes our scientists, on the successful test-firing of Agni V missile
  • PM gives best wishes to all athletes participating in the 35th National Games
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • Commemorative Postage Stamp on Swachh Bharat Released
  • Min of Culture
  • Dr Mahesh Sharma lays foundation stone of campus buildings of National Museum Institute and Indian Culinary Institute
  • Min of Information & Broadcasting
  • Siri Fort Auditorium amongst the top 50 auditoriums for cinema viewing in India- Col Rajyavardhan Rathore
  • Min of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
  • ACC Appointments
  • 18th National Conference on e-Governance concludes in Gandhinagar
  • ACC Appointments
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • Dr Mahesh Sharma lays foundation stone of campus buildings of National Museum Institute and Indian Culinary Institute
  • Min of Tribal Affairs
  • Tribal Afairs Ministers Felicitates Tribal Guests and the Tableaux Artistes & Supporting Staff, who had Participated in this Year’s Republic Day Parade
  • Min of Urban Development
  • Speech made by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development at the Inauguration of 35th National Games in Kerala on 31st January, 2015
  • States show the way forward on building smart cities

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Ministry of Rural Development15-February, 2012 18:21 IST
India to become an open defecation free country by 2022, says Jairam.
Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Jairam Ramesh has called for making India an open defecation free country in 10 years and announced major restructuring of the Total Sanitation Campaign, TSC. Addressing a National Consultation on scaling up sanitation here, the Minister said there is a need to build a mass movement on the issue as the country accounts for almost 60 percent of open defecations in the world, which he described as shameful and pushed for a major paradigm shift in policy and approach to deal with this problem. He said, the sanitation challenge must be met in a Mission Mode fashion and favoured greater integration of finance, technology and civil society movement to achieve the goal. Shri Ramesh also asked the officials to scale down the numerical targets and have a relook at the funds allocated per toilet in rural areas, which is Rs-3,000 at present and which the Minister felt is not realistic. He also strongly advocated moving away from individual toilet construction to Nirmal Gram Panchayat approach, where the panchayats will be the sheet anchor for the sanitation programme. The Minister said that his model of sanitation is public funding but private management. Lamenting over the under investment in the sector, the Minister assured substantial budgetary increase in the 12th Five Year Plan, which could range between 40 to 60 percent enhancement as the Centre's current total spending for the Drinking Water and Sanitation is only Rs 10,000 crore. The Minister however added that greater participation is key to the success of the programme as the Ministry can only provide funds and broader guidelines.

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