The Punjab government would spend Rs 20 crore to construct 17,391 toilets free of cost in rural areas for families living the below poverty line (BPL).
Rural development and panchayat minister Sikander Singh Maluka said he had already given his nod to a proposal to provide sanitation facilities in rural areas in the state.
The minister said Rs 94.5 crore had already been spent by the Punjab government to construct 80,689 toilets in villages. He said the department had set the target of providing 17,391 toilets to all BPL families by the next financial year. The department has sought reports from all block development and panchayat officers (BDPOs) of actual construction undertaken in the villages to construct toilets in the areas falling under their jurisdiction to the director, rural development, by the seventh of every month.
The minister also said that approximately Rs 17,500 would be spent on each toilet. He also directed all BDPOs to ensure quality construction under their supervision.