Reviewing programmes of the urban development department here, Naidu also appreciated Das for approving 60,916 applications out of 2.55 lakh houses under PMSAY with GEO tagging of 32,000 houses.
Lauding Narendra Modi for demonetisation and Swachh Bharat mission, Jim said the Prime Minister needs to accelerate things quickly in educational outcomes so that India as it marches on its fast pace growth can compete in the "economy of future".
Addressing a rally of the National Cadet Corps (NCC), Modi also said the cadets can play a catalytic role in helping the citizens inculcate the habit of cleanliness.
Demonetisation was to bring attitudinal change among people, like what major initiatives Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken in the last two and half years including Swachh Bharat mission aimed at, says Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Narayanasamy said, the government would provide subsidies to households to construct toilets in case they did not have the facility already and Puducherry would be declared open defecation free Union Territory in the course of time.
The Urban Development Minister also exuded confidence that the NDA government will achieve all the stated objectives of the flagship programme, including making India open defecation free (ODF) by 2019.
"During the two years of Swachh Bharat Mission, 22,97,389 individual household toilets have so far been constructed in urban areas of the country as against the five year mission target of 66,42,221 such toilets to be built by 2019.
The 141-km-long Okha-Kanalus route and the 34-km-long Porbandar-Wansjaliya sections in Gujarat have now become the green train corridors as all trains passing on these lines are now equipped with bio-toilets.
While Rs 1155 crore has been given to the railways for installing bio-toilets in trains under Swachh Bharat Mission, it has got Rs 500 crore under Nirbhaya Fund for putting all major stations under CCTV surveilance for enhancing passenger safety and security.
Speaking at 'Swachhagraha', organised as part of screening of short films on 'Swachh Bharat' drive here, Venkaiah said public movement has to be built to maintain cleanliness.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who spoke on the occasion, said the nine-day campaign 'Swachhta Saptaah', was successfully conducted in Railways from September 17 ending.
The drive would be carried out in forts situated in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Kolhapur, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Aurangabad, Nanded, Nashik, Jalgaon, Dhule and Ahmednagar districts.
State-run firms or PSUs are looking to contribute to the Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK) from their CSR funds, Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer said.
Technology needs to be adopted at various stages including mechanical sweeping of roads, monitoring the sanitation works and processing the waste once it is collected at the landfills, North Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner P K Gupta said.
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The second round of the survey will cover 500 cities and towns, each with a population of one lakh and above, besides capital cities with less than one lakh population. It would also cover towns which are important heritage and tourism destinations, Naidu said.
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Government will carry out a drive to clean ten iconic places in the country, including Taj Mahal, Vaishno Devi temple and Ajmer Sharif, as part of a pilot project under the Swachh Bharat mission, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on July 8
In the two years since the BJP-led government came to office, the Ministry of Urban Development has an ambitious to-do list: Smart Cities Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Housing for All. With a huge outlay of investment and long gestational periods, it will be a while before any of these projects will see significant progress.
The Swachh Bharat Cess in a non-lapsable fund. The cess is imposed at the rate of 0.5 per cent.
Launched in June last year, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana seeks to accomplish the construction of about two crore houses in the next six years to benefit primarily slum dwellers, urban poor and those belonging to economically weaker sections and lower income groups.
Finance Ministry has included water and sanitation as new fields for priority sector lending by commercial banks.
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu elaborated on this investment potential while speaking on "Current status, Outlook and Investment opportunities in developing urban infrastructure" at the India Investment Summit organised here.
As per World Bank statistics, of the 2.4 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation globally, more than 750 million live in India, with 80 percent living in rural areas.
The supplementary demands have also earmarked an additional Rs 5,735.4 crore for "meeting expenditure towards increased rate of relief on pensions and growth in pensions" for retired defence personnel.