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India soon becomes open-defecation free

India soon becomes open-defecation free

Swachh Bharat is a mission which intends to make India clean. Open-defecation free country is one of its goals.

In order to move the country in this direction, Indian government is encouraging citizens to build toilets in their homes.

Some areas in the country also achieved the goal and became open-defecation free.

The central government is very confident that it will achieve the target completely and soon the entire country will become open-defecation free before the next elections in 2019.

As per top government officials, every family in India will get a toilet to avoid open defecation.

However, the timeline to achieve this target is specified differently by different Ministries.

Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated that India will become open-defecation free by October 2019 whereas the Sanitation Ministry is very confident that it will be achieved by the end of this year i.e. December 2018.

Most of the urban areas and cities have toilets whereas rural areas do not have enough toilets.

Hence, the government’s target of constructing toilets in rural areas is more than that of urban areas.

It is almost 11 times higher in the former areas than the latter.

The problems may be different in different areas, but the attitude is same in both rural as well as urban areas.

Bringing about a change in the attitude of the citizens is the toughest task for the government.

Garbage is compiled severely in urban areas which is difficult to manage.

In rural areas it is difficult to move people to use toilets, so the government is taking the challenge of building toilets and changing the behaviour of people by involving motivators and village leaders.

Due to Swachh Bharat Mission, more than 30 crore rural Indians stopped defecating in open places as over 5.9 crore toilets have been built.

So far, 290 districts in seven states became open-defecation free. These states are: Kerala, Gujarat, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh.

Image credit: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Naora (WB) image by Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission Belur Math is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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