Finance Minister announces “Gobar-Dhan” to end open defecation


In an effort to make the villages open defecation free and improving the lives of villagers, the Finance Minister has announced the launch of “Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan” (GOBAR-DHAN) .The Minister said that this will manage and convert cattle dung and solid waste in farms to compost, biogas and  bio-CNG.  


The Finance Minister has also announced that 187 projects have been sanctioned under the Namami Gange Programme for infrastructure development, reverse surface cleaning, rural sanitation and other interventions at a cost of Rs.16,713 crore.  47 projects have been completed and remaining projects are at various stages of execution. All 4,465 Ganga Grams villages on the bank of the river have been declared open defecation free.


To achieve the vision of an inclusive society, the Government has identified 115 aspirational districts taking various indices of development in consideration, aiming at improving the quality of life in these districts by investing in social services like health, education, nutrition, skill upgradation, financial inclusion and infrastructure like irrigation, rural electrification, potable drinking water and access to toilets at an accelerated pace and in a time-bound manner. These 115 districts are expected to become model of development, the Finance Minister added.