ODF Plus status laudatory effort for UT: PM
*Schemes seamlessly extended to JK’s nook & corners
JAMMU, Oct 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described as “monumental step” in the journey towards cleaner and healthier India the declaration of 100 percent Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory villages with ODF Plus status while Union Home Minister Amit Shah said J&K gas attained new heights in development and growth after abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution of India granting special status to erstwhile State.
The Prime Minister and Home Minister’s reaction came on X when they tagged a post of Office of LG J&K Manoj Sinha which mentioned that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 100 percent J&K UT villages have achieved the ODF Plus status in Model category under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase-II.
The Prime Minister wrote on X: “Laudatory effort, for which I congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This is a monumental step in our journey towards a cleaner and healthier India”.
Tagging same tweet on X, formerly twitter, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said after the abrogation of Article 370 under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jammu and Kashmir has attained new heights in development and growth.
“The schemes implemented by the Union Government are now being seamlessly extended to nook and corners of Jammu and Kashmir,” Shah wrote on X.
He said the people across the nation and those living in Jammu and Kashmir have experienced the transformative change the region has undergone.
The Central Government had abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution of India granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019 and bifurcated erstwhile State into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
The Union Home Minister extended heartfelt congratulations to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha and the local administration for remarkable feat on achieving ODF Plus status.
“Heartiest congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for achieving 100 percent ODF Plus status,” Shah further said.
The post of Office of LG J&K which was tagged by the Prime Minister and the Home Minister said: “Under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 100 per cent J&K Union Territory villages have achieved the ODF Plus status in ‘Model’ category under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase-II. This achievement underlines coordinated efforts of all to improve quality of life for citizens”.
Union Ministry of Jal Shakti in a statement the other day announced that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has declared all its 6,650 villages across 285 blocks in 20 districts as ODF Plus Model.
The achievement of the ODF Plus Model for all villages in the UT is a significant milestone as it goes beyond constructing and use of toilets towards cleanliness by managing Grey water and Solid Waste in each village.
For a village to achieve the status of the ODF Plus Model, it is required to pass through three stages of ODF Plus namely Aspiring, Rising and Model.
When a village achieves a condition where it is visually clean with minimal litter and stagnant water, apart from solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) and adequate cleanliness awareness generation activities, it is declared as ODF plus Model.
Noting that sustainability in ODF Plus is not a one-time achievement but a continuous journey, the statement further mentioned it requires a multi-dimensional approach encompassing infrastructure development, behavioural change, community engagement, financial sustainability, technology integration, and more.
“By embracing these principles, J&K can not only sustain its ODF Plus Model status but also maintain it for generations to come, ensuring a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future,” the officials said.