‘India to be open defecation free by Oct 2019’
New Delhi: In the next two years India is expected to be open-defecation free, as Home Minister Rajnath Singh set October 2019 as a possible deadline to achieve it.
Working towards meeting the target, the Centre is in the process of putting in place a Rs 12,000 crore action plan through 76 ministries and departments across the country.
On Friday while launching the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign of the Ministry of Home Affairs Singh said the government is confident of fulfilling the Prime Minister’s vision of making India opendefecation free by October, 2019.
“Providing toilet facility in all houses will also ensure safety and dignity of women. ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign will help improve nutrition and productivity of our children as well,” he said
The Home Minister said that Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, and Uttarakhand have already been declared opendefecation free.
“Toilets have been constructed in about 4.60 lakh houses and 4 lakh schools,” he added. Singh said the use of technology for creating wealth from waste was the government’s priority.