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Project to improve sanitation in Nilgiris

L. N. REVATHY, Business Line, 12 January, 2014

 

Coimbatore: The Rural Development Organisation (RDO) Trust has initiated a project to make the Nilgiris an Open Defecation Free district by 2018.

 

The organisation has proposed to assist one lakh families in the district construct individual household toilets by getting bank loans, as most of them lacked the wherewithal to spend Rs 25,000 per toilet, Chairman of Nilgiris Sanitation Task Force Committee, RDO Trust, K. Gopal said.

 

Stating that the trust was opposed to freebies and charity as they believe that this will destroy development, he said, “we approached various banks for assistance of Rs 200 crore (for providing sanitation) but our application was turned down. Some banks have, however, come forward to lend to SHG members. Since this cannot cover all households, we formed a Joint Liability Group for extension of loan to non-SHG members. Thanks to Nabard, Canara Bank, ICICI Bank, Bank of India, NDCC Bank and Pallavan Gramya Bank for their assistance of Rs 22 crore for building toilets.

 

The organisation is now creating awareness about the importance of household toilets and school latrines and seeking public cooperation in this initiative.

 

Gopal lamented that India ranked on the top in open defecation in the world and Nilgiris is among the worst districts (next to Tuticorin) in open defecation.

 

Speaking of yet another initiative, he said the RDO is making a comprehensive study on Revitalisation of Local Tribal Health Traditions and Folk Medicines with the support of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

 

The outcome of the study will be documented for future generation of tribal communities; it will also help siddha and ayurveda colleges across the country, he added.


Source:www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/project-to-improve-sanitation-in-nilgiris/article5570596.ece