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Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative to be launched today

Updated: Dec 29, 2016 08:47 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 29 (ANI): Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative, aimed at strengthening health centres in open defecation-free blocks, will be launched today by the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Human Resource Development.

The objective is to strengthen community health centres in 708 open defecation free blocks across the country to enable them achieve higher levels of cleanliness and hygiene.

Under it, 10 lakh rupees of financial assistance will be given to the community health centres so that they can be strengthened to meet the standards of sanitation, hygiene and infection control.

The initiative is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, under the National Health Mission. It is focused on the twin objectives of constructing toilets and enabling behavioural change, with the goal of making India open defecation free by October 2, 2019. (ANI)