The state government of Uttar Pradesh is gifting four saplings to newly weds in addition to a sum of Rs. 12,000 for toilet construction under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan now has a life of its own. People are trying very hard to live by the terms of the Abhiyaan. In a similar attempt for a clean and green India, the Uttar Pradesh Government has started a new scheme whose target group is newly-wed couples.
The couples will be gifted with Rs.12,000 to construct a toilet in their home as well as four saplings, two of which will grow to give shade and two will be simple, flowering plants.
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The scheme was launched to introduce practices of cleanliness and hygiene in rural households. The subsidy for the toilet is two-fold, the amount of Rs. 9,000 comes from the center and the rest of Rs. 3,000 from the state government. The state government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, made this unique move of adding the saplings to the scheme to increase the green cover of the state. The subsidy is already assuring incentives for creating toilets and discouraging defecation in the open .
Under the scheme, an exercise with the same methodology is already being carried out in the Basti district as per the instructions of the state’s Panchayati Raj department. The District administration is performing surveys of households and determining the beneficiaries by finding out about newly married couples and the houses where there are no toilets.
The promotion of clean and green is admirable and is also much-needed in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The government has been using many methods to increase the green cover of the state. The forest department also has a target of planting 10 crore trees over the coming two years for the same cause.