Jammu and Kashmir government has announced the steps it took to prevent open defecation including construction of toilets in rural areas.
A government spokesperson said, “Measures are being taken by the government to make the state open defecation free by the end of this year and more Individual Household Latrines (IHL) will be constructed in villages.”
Quoting the official PTI News agency said that 1.33 lakh toilets had been constructed during the current financial year out of which 240 were constructed in Chek-wanigund village in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, where an outbreak of jaundice was reported recently.
“People have been informed to take preventive measures and use safe drinking water and dispose off the sanitary waste properly,” the spokesman said.
He said a door-to-door survey was conducted in the area and people were made aware of prevention and transmission modes of viral Hepatitis.
The spokesman also appealed people to avoid defecation in open in order to prevent contamination of water sources.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, India’s minister of state for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ram Kripal Yadav, had said that about 67.68% of the state’s rural households still defecated in open.
Sikkim, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh have least number of rural households which defecate in open at 0.10 per cent, 3.69 per cent and 5.49 per cent respectively.