Corporates are not dedicated towards building toilets in villages, Rural Development Minister says

5th Jul 2015
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Lamenting that the corporate sector is neither coming forward nor showing any dedication to build toilets in villages, Union Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh has exhorted NGOs to participate with renewed zeal in the government’s ‘Clean India’ mission.


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Inaugurating ‘Indovation-III: An Exhibition-cum-Workshop on Innovation in Water & Sanitation Technologies’, Singh said state governments are free to choose and adopt technologies approved by it to solve the problem of drinking water contamination and for construction of cost effective toilets in rural areas.

Stating that more than 54 technologies have been approved by the Technology Expert Committee of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Singh urged the states to adopt them as per local needs on a priority basis as they are “affordable, scalable, sustainable and socially acceptable”.

At the same time, Singh cautioned that merely achieving the physical target to make the country ‘open defecation free’ by 2019 will not help in achieving the dream of the Prime Minister. The newly built toilets must remain operational and sustainable, he asserted. “Corporate sector is not coming forward nor showing any dedication to build toilets in the rural areas and whatever is being done is done in a piecemeal fashion,” the minister said. He exhorted NGOs to participate in the ‘Clean India’ mission with renewed zeal and assured them of all support in this regard.

According to PTI, speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ram Kripal Yadav rued that even after 68 years of Independence, more than 60 per cent people in the country indulge in open defecation. Yadav said this is not only shameful but this is also a big health hazard for the rural people, particularly children, as drinking water gets contaminated.

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