Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of ensuring toilets in all schools across the country in a year is still far from being realized as about 1.94 lakh toilets are yet to be made operational. The initial target was of about 4.19 lakh toilets.
In his first Independence Day speech, PM Modi had promised toilets in all schools within a year. Many girl students are still keeping to their houses in many pockets of the country owing to a lack of toilets in schools.
With only three weeks left for the Independence Day celebrations this year, Parliament has been informed that only 2.86 lakh toilets have been constructed so far.
However, states and Union Territories such as Andaman and Nicobar, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Kerala, Puducherry and Sikkim have achieved the 100 per cent target.
Gujarat and Karnataka are the states which are close to achieving the target, HRD Minister Smriti Irani told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
“Meetings and video conferences have been held with State Chief Secretaries, Education Secretaries, State Project Directors of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and also with Central Ministries and Central PSUs,” Irani said.
“In addition to this, 310 central observers have also been deputed to visit districts to review the progress of the Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative,” the Minister added.