Kandigaon, the village in Ganjam district which had imposed a fine on 60 people for defecating in the open, is now helping villagers build toilets at their homes. The village committee has sanctioned Rs 6 lakh from its fund to 60 poor families for the purpose.
As part of a cleanliness drive, the village committee transformed a vast piece of land near the village that was being used by villagers as a defecating ground into a big garden. They have started planting fruit-bearing trees and flowering plants in the garden to make our village clean and green.
Unicef’s South Asia regional director Karin Hulshof, Unicef India representative Louis-Georges Arsenault and Odisha chief Yumi Bae visited the village on Wednesday with government officials led by Ganjam collector and praised the villagers for their cleanliness initiatives.