Chandigarh September 8: Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal directed the Deputy Commissioners to expedite works in the urban areas falling in their respective districts so that all the urban areas of the State could be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by September 25, 2017. He said that Haryana would be declared stray cattle free State after September 30, 2017
          Mr Manohar Lal was presiding over a meeting of all Deputy Commissioners through video conferencing here today to review the progress on ODF (Urban), Stray Cattle and Beti Bachao Beti Padbhao Programme. Haryana Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain was also present in the meeting.
          The Chief Minister said that rural Haryana have already been declared ODF. He directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to make necessary arrangements of community toilets, mobile toilets and household latrines wherever required and also get the third party inspection completed well before the scheduled date of September 25. He also directed them to lay special emphasis in and around the industrial areas of Faridabad, Gurugram, Dharuhera and Bawal in district Rewari and make necessary arrangements of mobile toilets in all the labour colonies.
          He said that the DCs should not limit themselves to providing the facility of community toilets and also worked towards behavior change of the people by launching special campaigns in their areas. Apart from this, they should also work towards the sustainability after achieving the ODF status.
          While reviewing the progress of the districts in the rehabilitation of stray cattle, the Chief Minister directed the DCs to make their respective districts free from stray cattle by September 30. He said that those districts who had not received the grant of Rs 15 lakh for making the arrangement of sheds could send their requirement so that the same could be released at the earliest. He said that besides utilizing the available funds, they should also urge the corporate sectors, villagers and other institutions to come forward and contribute for this cause by way making arrangements of fodder for the cattle. He also asked them to make all necessary arrangements for the rehabilitation of the stray cattle in the gaushalas and nandishals.
          The Chief Minister said that he would also write letter to the Chief Ministers of the neighboring states asking them to ensure that the cattle from their States might not enter into Haryana. He said that besides tagging the cattle in the Gaushalas, tagging of abandoned cattle should also be done so that their owners could be ascertained. He also complemented the Deputy Commissioners for the work done so far towards rehabilitation of the stray cattle in their respective districts.
          Later, while reviewing the progress of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao Programme, the Chief Minister said that the State has made a remarkable progress in this field and efforts made by the State in this direction is being appreciated throughout the country. He directed the DCs to conduct regular raids and ensure the strict compliance of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act.
          Among those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr D.S Dhesi, Additional Principal  Secretary to Chief Minister Dr Rakesh Gupta, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies  Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, Director, Urban Local Bodies Mr Nitin Yadav, Director, Rural Development Mr Ashok Kumar Meena and other  senior officers of the State Government.