Monday, 05 December 2016 | PNS | Lucknow | in Lucknow
Taking a major step forward towards rural sanitation, a campaign was launched to provide free toilets to villages in Uttar Pradesh. The beginning was made in Ithara village in Jaunpur where a special campaign “Sulabh towards villages” was launched.
The campaign was launched by the Brand Ambassador of “Rail Swachch Mission” and Sulabh sanitation movement Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak when he handed over five toilets to poor families in Ithara village.
He urged villagers to support the ongoing ‘Clean India Campaign’ to make India open defecation free by 2019. “Big companies and corporate houses can provide assistance for toilet construction to show their love for their motherland,” Dr Pathak said.
He said that nearly 12 crore toilets are required to be built by 2019 to realize the dream of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. “This is a big task, but together we can do it and all Indians can play a pivotal role. This is a unique opportunity for Corporate houses and business groups to show their love for the country,” he said.
Dr. Pathak further said that there are nearly two crore NRIs and if each of them contributes to building six toilets over a span of three years, then this target can easily be met.
An individual toilet costs approximately Rs 30,000 and six toilets will cost a total of approximately Rs. 2 lakh, which can be given over a period of three years.
India has 675 districts, 6,849 blocks, 2.51 lakh panchayats and 6.46 lakh villages.
If all NRIs come forward and contribute to make India a clean and better place, this beautiful dream will become a reality, Dr. Pathak said.
He requested people from rural areas to join hands to make India clean and open defecation-free and thus pay a befitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary on October 2.
Sulabh, which engages over 50,000 people, has so far constructed nearly 10.5 million household toilets and 8,500 public toilets used by nearly 15 million people daily across the country.