‘India to be open defe­ca­tion free by Oct 2019’

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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.

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