Nadia district won the UN Public Service Award 2015 for eliminating open defecation [ Current Affairs ]
The district administration of Nadia, West Bengal was conferred with the United Nations Public Service Award 2015 for eliminating open defecation in the district. Nadia district could achieve this feat due to its collaborative effort with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank aimed at construction of toilets across the district.
- Around 356000 toilets were built that resulted in decline in the number of people continuing with the practice to meager 0.2 % under this programme.
- The award was presented by acting Secretary General of the UN Lenni Montiel along with Head UN Women Stefani Senese to District Magistrate of Nadia and Sabhapati of Nadia Zilla Parishad on conclusion of United Nations Day Celebrations 2015 held at Medellin, Columbia.
- Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared Nadia as the first open defecation-free (ODF) district in India on 30 April 2015. It launched Mission Nirmal Bangla (MNB) aimed at making the state open defecation free. She also declared 30 April as Nirmal Bangla Diwas, to be observed across the state, to mark the occasion.
- United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.
- The project Mobile Seva under Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) had won the second rank in the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award.
- Published on: June 30, 2015