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On 14th November 2014, Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Maneka Gandhi launched the National Bal Swachhta Mission in New Delhi. It was launched on 125th birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. On this occasion, Minister also released a book on Bal Swachtta Mission prepared by NIPCCD.
About Bal Swachhta Mission
The Bal Swachhta Mission is a part of the nationwide sanitation initiative of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ launched by the Prime Minister on 2nd October, 2014.
The nationwide Bal Swachhta Mission will have the following six themes:-
- Clean Anganwadis .
- Clean Surroundings e.g. Playgrounds.
- Clean Self (Personal Hygiene/Child Health).
- Clean Food.
- Clean Drinking Water.
- Clean Toilets.
Under this mission, Bal Swachhta Week will be observed from 14th to 19th November and one of the above themes would be covered at each Anganwadi Centre in all states. The Women and Child Development Departments of various states will implement the Bal Swachhta Mission with the help of Departments of School Education, Urban Development, Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Information and Publicity.
Kerala Finance Minister KM Mani has announced that Kerala has become the first state in the country to have bank accounts for all families under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY). This formal declaration was by minister at the State-Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) meeting in Thiruvananthapuram.
Under the PMJDY, Kerala has opened about 13 lakh new accounts and has mobilised 326 crore rupees through intensive financial literacy campaigns launched under the support of the State Level Banker’s Committee (SLBC).
Kerala was able to achieve this target under PMJDY ahead of schedule because of Financial Literacy Centres which are active in all the 152 blocks of state. Under this scheme, 5.25 lakh rupees debit cards have been issued by all banks.
State government is also opening a second account separately for the woman in each household under PMJDY.