On Friday, union home minister, Rajnath Singh made a statement announcing that India is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019.
At the launch of the Swachhta Hi Sewa (Cleanliness is Service) campaign of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singh emphasized that the government was confident of fulfilling the prime ministers vision of making India open defecation free by October, 2019.
The home minister said, the central government was implementing a Rs. 12,000-crore scheme through 76 ministries and departments to enable India achieve this deadline. He also mentioned that the use of technology for creating wealth from waste, was the one of the top priorities of the governments.
“Providing toilet facility at home will ensure safety and dignity of women. Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign will help improve nutrition and productivity of our children,” he said.
The home minister further stated that Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Uttarakhand have already been declared open defecation free as on date.
“Toilets have been constructed in about 4.60 lakh houses and 4 lakh schools,” he said.