Karnal: In a bid to ensure overall development of the Gram Panchayats, Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh on Saturday has announced Rs 4 Lakh to each village and said that the ‘Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan’ would be launched soon. Under this campaign, each Gram Panchayat will be converted into Nirmal Gram Panchayat.

Following the same path, Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda has also announced an equal amount to be given to each Panchayat of the province on the behalf of state government.

Addressing the distribution ceremony of state-level Nirmal Awards 2011 and Panchayati Raj conference in the district here on Saturday, Union Minister Ramesh said that the new schedule of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan will be announced within two or three weeks.

The prime responsibility to make the country ‘Nirmal’ and its implementation and maintenance will be handed over to Gram Panchayats. Ramesh further said that under the new campaign, aid will be raised to Rs 9,000 to set up pucca toilets in the village in which 5400 will be given by the centre whereas state government will offer thousand rupees under the MNREGA act. The rest amount will have to borne by the people, who will avail the benefit.

Ramesh said “No toilet, no bribe is a slogan to publicize the campaign. He hopes that after Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh, Haryana would become Nirmal Rajya within three years.”  Bhupendra Singh Hooda has promised union minister that instead of three years the state will achieve it within two years and ten months.  

The Centre has set a target to convert around 2.5 Lakh Panchayats into Nirmal within next 10 years. Ramesh said that during the current fiscal, Rs 99,000 crore budget is proposed for the rural development. One percent of the total budget, Rs 990 crore would be given to the Panchayati Raj Department for the cleanliness of the village.

Ramesh honoured 330 gram panchayats of the state for making their village a Nirmal village. He is also considering to give away the award to panchayats upholding the sanctity of the village.