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India expected to be open defecation free by October 2019:Rajnath Singh

The government is confident of fulfilling the prime minister’s vision of making India open defecation free by October, 2019, Rajnath Singh said

india Updated: Sep 15, 2017 15:12 IST
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses at the presentation ceremony of the Rajbhasha Awards for the Year 2016-17 on the occasion of Hindi Divas in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses at the presentation ceremony of the Rajbhasha Awards for the Year 2016-17 on the occasion of Hindi Divas in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, September 14, 2017. (Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The whole country is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday.

The government is confident of fulfilling the prime minister’s vision of making India open defecation free by October, 2019, Singh said after launching the ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ (Cleanliness is Service) campaign of the Ministry of Home Affairs here.

The home minister said for cleanliness, the central government was implementing a Rs 12,000-crore action plan through 76 ministries and departments.

“Providing toilet facility at home will ensure safety and dignity of women. ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign will help improve nutrition and productivity of our children,” he said.

The home minister said Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Uttarakhand have already been declared open defecation free.

“Toilets have been constructed in about 4.60 lakh houses and 4 lakh schools,” he said.

Singh said the use of technology for creating wealth from waste was the government’s priority.