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Rajnath Singh says India expected to be open defecation free by Oct 2019

Home Minster Rajnath Singh today said that the entire country is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019.
Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi September 15, 2017 18:03 IST
India TV News Desk

Home Minster Rajnath Singh today said that the entire country is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019.

The government is confident of fulfilling the prime minister's vision of making India open defecation free by October, 2019, Singh said after launching the 'Swachhta Hi Sewa' (Cleanliness is Service) campaign of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

He further said that for cleanliness, the central government was implementing a Rs 12,000-crore action plan through 76 ministries and departments.

"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 said Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Uttarakhand have already been declared open defecation free.

 

"Toilets have been constructed in about 4.60 lakh houses and 4 lakh schools," he said.

Singh said the use of technology for creating wealth from waste was the government's priority.