Toilets used for storing food grains: Ramesh
Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh today said toilets built over the last ten years across the country were being used for storing food grain.chandigarh Updated: Jul 06, 2012 19:56 IST
Decrying the lack of proper sanitation facilities, rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said toilets built over the last ten years across the country were being used for storing food grain here in a meeting on Friday.
For the last ten years, toilets were not being used for the purpose of which they had been built rather they were being used for storing food grains. They had been turned into storage godowns and were locked said Ramesh.
Ramesh chaired the meeting in which representatives from Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Sikkim, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh participated.
Asked about states where toilets were being used for storing food grain, Ramesh said Punjab was one of them where this practice was being followed.
Not optimistic in achieving the target of making India an open-defecation free country in the next ten years, Ramesh said it would take at least 15 to 20 years to make Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Orissa an open-defecation free states.
Asserting that 60% people in the country still defecate in the open, Ramesh said that the centre had set a target to become open-defecation free under the 'Nirmal Bharat Abhiyaan' in the next ten years.