Raksha Bandhan is here, and once again, the brother-sister bond calls for a celebration. What better way to express love for your sister than by giving her something unique, that will give new meaning to her life? To celebrate this year’s Raksha Bandhan, a sizable number of men in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi have decided to gift toilets to their sisters under the programme "Anokhi Amethi Ka Anokha Bhai."
The programme, which was started by the district committee for sanitation, is an attempt at creating awareness about the open defecation-free campaign. Close to 900 men have registered to build toilets with their personal resources.
Later, three participants stand to win mobiles and cash prizes of up to Rs 50,000 in a lucky draw, according to PTI.
It is an attempt worth applauding as UP has plans to become open defecation free by October 2018, one year before the national target. This initiative is particularly noteworthy as the state fared poorly in the cleanliness survey of 2017, according to The Business Standard.
With five states including Sikkim and Kerala so far having been declared open defecation free, the UP government plans on achieving the target by building 15.5 million toilets across 75 districts in the state.
To motivate people to work towards the plan, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently announced that the panchayats that are faring well in achieving targets will be given occasional incentives. Apart from that, the central government provides an incentive of Rs 4,000 for building toilets in individual households.