Malda declared seventh ‘Nirmal District’ in state

‘Nirmal Bangla’ beats ‘Swachh Bharat’ in success rate: Subrata Mukherjee
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
21 Nov 2017

Malda was ceremoniously declared the seventh ‘nirmal’ district of the state by panchayet and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee in a programme at Gazole today. Sarala Murmu, sabhadhipati of Malda zilla parishad, her deputy Gourchandra Mandal, Dipali Biswas, MLA, Gazole along with senior officials of panchayet and rural development department and district administration were present in the programme.
Mukherjee claimed that ‘Nirmal Bangla’ mission of state government is much ahead of central government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ project in terms of percentage of success. “While ‘Swachh Bharat’ has progressed only 60 percent so far, success rate of our ‘Nirmal Bangla’ mission is 92 percent merely in three years,” he said.
“When the project was initiated, it seemed to be as difficult as manufacturing a nuclear bomb. But the leadership of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, initiatives of government officials and cooperation worked together for the mission’s incredible success,” the minister said.
“The chief minister always emphasizes on development of rural Bengal as the progress of the state is largely dependent on development of 7.5 crore rural population out of 9 crore in the state. Malda has recorded a significant success in rural development and hence the achievement of being declared the ‘nirmal’ district,” he said.
He reminded that the people have to maintain highest degree of cleanliness to maintain the recognition. “It is hard to achieve but harder to retain the achievement,” Mukherjee said.
Sourav Das, additional chief secretary said, “Along with the district administration, people of Malda deserve congratulations also as they enthusiastically came ahead to build lavatories.”
Dibyendu Sarkar, commissioner of P&RD department informed that two more districts in mid-Bengal would be declared ‘nirmal’ districts shortly. “Those two districts have satisfied all parameters of a ‘nirmal’ district. We hope, in next one and a half years all districts would be declared ‘nirmal’ and ‘nirmal Bangla’ mission would touch the peak of success,” he said.