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Total sanitation: change in mindset will usher in the desired results

The Hindu, 26 February 2014

 

Collector N. Venkatachalam flagging off an awareness rally on public health and clean environment in Dindigul on Tuesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

DINDIGUL: The change in mindset of rural people alone will bring about a change in society and yield desirable results in total sanitation programme, according to Collector N. Venkatachalam.


Addressing the gathering after flagging off an awareness rally on public health and clean environment here on Tuesday, he said offering funds and extending credit for construction of individual toilets were just an extension of support to the public. Initiatives of the people and their will to avoid public defecation alone would change the present scenario.

Individual toilets had to be constructed in 2.25 lakh houses in the district in 2013 and the condition of 52,009 individual toilets constructed by households was very bad and unfit for usage, according to a 2013 survey. Financial assistance had been offered to beneficiaries under the MGNREGS and Nirmal Bharat Abhyan schemes to create toilet facility in houses. Already, 350 integrated sanitary complexes had been constructed, and toilet facilities had been created in 1,364 anganwadis and 1,350 schools.

 

Still, open defecation could not be eradicated at villages. Mere sanctioning of funds alone would not help the administration achieve its goal. People should mend their habits and shun the practice of defecating in public places. They should realise that their action led to health hazards and spread diseases. An awareness campaign would be carried out in all the 306 village panchayats this week, he pointed out.


Source:www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/total-sanitation-change-in-mindset-will-usher-in-the-desired-results/article5727864.ece