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Construct toilets in all govt schools by July: Irani to states

Indian Express, 27 August 2014


In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on sanitation, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to focus on creating an action plan for constructing toilets in all government schools to create an enabling environment for girls, with HRD minister Smriti Irani asking states to do so by July next year.


At a day-long conference of state education secretaries, the ministry laid emphasis on the ‘Swachh Vidyalaya’ programme to ensure no government school remains without a toilet. For this, the ministry says it will arrange the necessary funds, particularly for areas with large backlogs. The meeting discussed strategies to tap Corporate Social Responsibility funds and encourage individual corporates and institutions to build toilets.


According to the ministry, 50 per cent of the schools without toilets are in the six states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal. Read more....