Govt to Hike Grants for Construction of Sanitation Facilities in Rural Areas

New Delhi
Govt to Hike Grants for Construction of Sanitation Facilities in Rural Areas

Rural households without sanitation facilities will get Rs 15,000 each for constructing toilets while schools will get Rs 54,000 for same purpose, according to a new Government proposal aiming to end the practice of open defecation in the country.

Stepping up efforts to push Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Clean India mission, Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Nitin Gadkari today said he has prepared a Cabinet note for considerable enhancement of monetary support for building different categories of rural toilets in the country where 60 per cent people defecate in the open.

Gadkari also announced the decision to delink MNREGA from toilet construction programme, saying that the scheme started by the previous UPA government did not work well on the ground.

"For individual household latrines, the amount will be raised from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000, for school toilets Rs 54,000 will be given instead of Rs 35,000. Similarly, for Anganwadi toilets, the amount will be now Rs 20,000 in place of Rs 8,000 and for Community Sanitary complexes, the amount proposed is Rs 6 lakh from the existing Rs 2 lakh," he said.

"We have prepared the proposal based on the suggestions given by Rural Development Ministers of states. We will go with this proposal to the Cabinet," the Minister later told reporters here.

Asked from where the government will find such huge money for completing the mission by 2019, Gadkari said, "We have three-four proposals from financial institutions like World Bank for this. We will also talk to them and try for a long- term loan from these institutions."

The previous government's decision to have a convergence between MNREGA and toilet construction programme did not work well and "we will delink public toilet from MNREGA," he said.

Gadkari urged the State Ministers and senior officials attending the workshop to work in the spirit of cooperative federalism to achieve the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build Swachh Bharat by 2019.

In his Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister had pitched for making provisions for building toilets wherein women should not defecate in open. Gadkari underlined the need for quality works and suitable low cost effective technologies for toilets to last upto 30 to 40 years.

To address the problem of drinking water especially in those 17,000 habitations having problems like arsenic, heavy metals, excessive fluoride and other pollutants, the Minister said a new scheme will be launched in the next two months to address this issue and it will be resolved on a war footing.

Speaking at the conference on sanitation here today, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Pankaj Jain said the Prime Minister has personally expressed anguish in his Independence Day speech and expressed the commitment of his Government to achieve 'Swachh Bharat' by 2019 as a tribute to the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, by eliminating the unhealthy practice of open defecation.

He said, by August 15, 2015 every school in India will have separate toilets for boys and girls. Jain appealed to the Corporate to chip in a big way for this purpose.

In his address, the noted scientist R A Mashelkar said, the innovative ideas should not remain only ideas, but must be put into practical use for rejuvenation of India.

He said, speed, scale and sustainability are three key factors of innovations and by translating them into usable products, the face of rural India will be changed.

Mashelkar said, "Innovation and not Imitation" should be the buzzword and added that Indian problems need India specific solutions and not western imitations.

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