Hike in grants for build­ing toi­lets

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

NITIN GAD­KARI, Union min­is­ter for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, drink­ing wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion, an­nounced an in­crease in in­cen­tives for con­struc­tion of all types of toi­lets -com­mu­nity san­i­tary com­plex, in­di­vid­ual house­hold toi­lets, school toi­lets and an­gan­wadi toi­lets. In­di­vid­ual toi­lets will now get ` 15,000 in­stead of the cur­rent grant of ` 10,000. He also an­nounced that the last gov­ern­ment's flag­ship ru­ral jobs pro­gramme, the Ma­hatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Scheme (MGNREGS), would be delinked from con­struc­tion of in­di­vid­ual house­hold la­trines (IHHLs). By de-link­ing the san­i­ta­tion mis­sion from MGNREGS, the NDA gov­ern­ment has re­versed the decision of the pre­vi­ous Congress-led UPA gov­ern­ment. In 2012, the then ru­ral af­fairs min­is­ter, Jairam Ramesh, had taken the decision to link IHHL with MGNREGS. It helped in­crease mon­e­tary in­cen­tive for im­prov­ing san­i­ta­tion.

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