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Total sanitation: Why toilets alone cannot stop open defecation, 05 August 2014


Toilets and sanitation were an obsession for UPA’s rural development minister Jairam Ramesh in 2012. He spoke about them wherever he went and committed to a 40 per cent hike in the sanitation budget. Bringing in a gender twist, he even urged women to consider a toilet as their birthright. “For her privacy, for her dignity…Every school, every anganwadi and every home must have a toilet,” was his slogan.


With or without a cue from the UPA minister, the Modi government also expressed its commitment to sanitation in its maiden budget. Under “Swacchha Bharat Abhiyan”, the government has promised “total sanitation” by 2019, which means every household in India will have a toilet by the targeted deadline. Read more....