A campaign running statewide with an initiative to make all the cities and towns of Punjab Open Defecation Free (ODF) has instructed to achieve the target by June 30. According to the reports, up till now, 120 cities have achieved the status of being Open Defecation Free. Remaining 47 cities or towns are to complete the target by June 30. For the achievement of the mission objectives, the Department has already released Rs 40.82 crores. One of the spokesperson said that the Local Government Department, as per the 'Tandarust Punjab Mission' has pledged to eradicate the menace of garbage strewn here and there in the cities. And out of 167, a total of 120 Urban Local Bodies have so far declared themselves Open Defecation Free. [caption id="attachment_40113" align="alignnone" width="960"] Source[/caption] After which now the department with the help of a third party is verifying the status out which claims od 72 Urban Local Bodies have been found to be correct. Rest of the claims are being verified and are still under process. Providing more details, the spokesperson further added that the rest of the 47 Urban Local Bodies would also be Open Defecation Free by June 30 covering all the cities, towns of Punjab. The Department has instructed these 47 Urban Local Bodies to work in full force to achieve the target by the said date.
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